Hitting the roads over the August bank holiday weekend? Find the busiest travel times and roads to avoid, here

It’s the last bank holiday of the summer and five million motorists are predicted to be getting behind the wheel on Monday alone, make sure you know the busiest travel times and the roads you should avoid.

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When will the roads be the busiest?

The busiest time to travel, according to the RAC, will be Friday afternoon from 15:00 to 19:00 as commuters meet drivers heading off on leisure trips.

However, Monday will be the overall busiest day with an estimated five million drivers set to hit the roads to enjoy the bank holiday.

The busiest days on the roads across the 2017 August bank holiday

Day Number of leisure journeys
Thursday 2.5million
Friday 3.1million
Saturday 4.4million
Sunday 3.4million
Monday 5million

What roads are expected to be the busiest?

If you’re one of millions heading out across the long weekend, you might want to miss these roads…

  • M5 – towards Exeter
  • M6 and A590 – around the Lake District
  • M3 – towards Bournemouth
  • M1 – north from London


Where are the roadworks over the 2017 August bank holiday?

Most roadworks around the UK are set to be removed by 06:00 on Friday, but some will remain in place, adding to the traffic chaos.

Highways England has said it will lift or complete roughly 98% of the UK’s roadworks before the August bank holiday – freeing up 445 miles of roads.

The longest stretches of roadworks are as follows:

Road Miles of roadworks
A1 J51 (Leeming) to J56 (Barton) 26 miles
M6 J16 to J19 near Crewe 20 miles
M1 J19 to J16 near Crick 17 miles
M60 J12 to J18 near Manchester 10 miles
M62 J10 near Warrington 9 miles
M62 J18 to J20 near Manchester 9 miles

Heading to the airport?

If you’re driving to the airport this weekend and don’t want to risk missing your flight, then book an APH airport hotel. There’s numerous benefits of staying in a hotel before you fly, including minimising stress levels by almost guaranteeing that you won’t miss your flight, breaking up your journey and allowing you to get a great night’s sleep.

Get a quote here, you can even book a hotel and parking package – it’s cheaper than you think! 

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