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Bank holiday traffic NEWS – Best times to travel, roads to avoid and checks to make


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Traffic news update for bank holiday reveals huge risk of congestion

It is expected to be one of the busiest bank holidays of the year and congestion is expected to be at an all-time high. 

Due to the recent good weather too more Brits are expected to hit the road. 

It’s not just the congestion that Brits need to look out for but they also need to check their car before leaving to avid the potential for an accident. 

Research by Halfords revealed that 25 per cent of drivers don’t check their car before heading out on a long journey which could spell bank holiday trouble for many.

Additionally a staggering 51 per cent of young drivers (between ages 25-34)   are likely to continue driving their vehicle even if they are aware it has a fault. 

The poll also found that 35 per cent of drivers are unaware that their front and back tyres need different pressures and a quarter of drivers don’t care to check the oil. 

Halford and Tom Tom have put together a guide of the best times to travel over the weekend, based on previous bank holidays.

These are the best times to travel: 

-Most roads enjoy lighter traffic after 7pm on the Friday, before 9am on Saturday and before 11am on Monday.  

-For Brits travelling to the coast, the M23 between Caterham and Brighton also showed less congestion after 3pm on the Sunday

-Those intending to travelling on the M1 would be advised to wait until after 8pm on the Sunday

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Millions are expected to travel over the bank holiday weekend

Natasha Chauhan from Halfords said: “Bank holiday road trips can be tiring as drivers put up with rowdy passengers, roadworks and wrong directions, so when it comes to having a less stressful bank holiday being prepared pays dividends.

“Our research also shows that only a quarter of drivers get their cars checked four months or less. Although, these are fairly simple it is important they are carried out frequently to help avoid hassle on road trips, which becomes especially tricky when we’re expecting delays or jams.

“If you’re unsure then pop in to Halfords for a free bank holiday car check before you set off.”

A TomTom spokesperson said “The technology to plan the best routes for any journey already exists.  We want to help people better understand how to use it and to ensure they spend less time at standstill and more time doing the things they love most.”

Best times to travel by motorway:

M23/A23 – between Caterham and Brighton 

Friday before 3pm or after 7pm

Saturday before 10am or after 3pm

Monday before 10am or after 3pm

M5 – between Exeter and Bristol 

Friday before noon or after 9pm 

Saturday all day 

Monday before 11am or after 7pm

A354 – between Salisbury and Weymouth 

Friday before 2pm and after 6pm

Saturday before 9am or after 3pm

Monday before 10am or after 5pm

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Good weather is expected to sustain over the weekend

M2 – between Maidstone to Dover  

Friday any time except 5pm-6pm 

Saturday any time except 12pm-1pm 

Sunday any time except 4pm-6pm

M25 – between St Albans and Leatherhead(Southbound) 

Friday before 9am, 10am-1pm and after 7pm

Saturday before 10am or after 3pm

Monday all day

M25 – between St Albans and Leatherhead(Northbound) 

Friday before 1pm or after 8pm

Saturday before 10am or after 4pm

Monday all day

M1 – between Luton and Sheffield 

Friday before 11am or after 7pm

Saturday before 10am or after 2pm 

Monday before 3pm or after 8pm

M6 – between Preston and Penrith

Friday all day except 4pm-8pm

Saturday all day except 10am-1pm

Monday all day except 11am-3pm

M40 – between Uxbridge and Oxford

Friday before noon and after 7pm (there still are delays between 7am and noon) 

Saturday before 9am or after 5pm

Monday before 3pm or after 8pm

A303 – between Andover and Yeovil

Friday before 11am or after 7pm 

Saturday before 9am or after 4pm 

Monday before noon or after 8pm



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