If you’re planning Easter travel this week you should probably set off really, really early. Tens of millions of people are expected to head to the roads, rails and air in one of the busiest Easter holiday getaways ever.
Most state school break up Thursday, which signals the start of the mad long Easter weekend. The RAC predicts 3.3 million ‘leisure trip’ cars to be on the roads this Thursday, increasing to more than 5 million on Friday.
The way back from your cheap Easter getaway won’t be much better; RAC expects 3.6 million holiday makers will be heading home on Easter Monday. So make sure you pack up the car with plenty of water and chocolate eggs to keep the kids going, you should expect traffic jams and delays.
RAC predicts traffic hotspots at:
- M5 from Bristol to Taunton
- A303 Stonehenge
- A30 and A38 Exeter to Cornwall
- M4 between Cardiff and Swansea
- M25 between Gatwick and M1
- A23/M23 to Brighton
- A11 Norwich to Great Yarmouth
- M55 between Preston and Blackpool
- A14 between Midlands and East Coast
- A66 between M6 and the coast
- M53 between Liverpool and Chester
British Airways will carry 117,000 travellers on Thursday and 2.4 million people over the three week Easter break. Popular long-haul destinations are New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. The most popular short haul is Paris followed by Edinburgh and Amsterdam.