30 million drivers took to the roads and UK for breaks or holidays over the bank holiday weekend. The AA stated that the Saturday over the Bank Holiday weekend was the busiest single day for travelling on the roads when approximately 10 million drivers were travelling.
VisitEngland estimated that approximately 5.1 million people took breaks in the UK generating roughly £1.3 billion for the economy. Transport information companies advised that many parts of road had twice as many vehicles on them as normal, especially between Friday and Monday. Major traffic hotspots included the M6, M27, M4 and M25.
The AA advised that traffic jams building up around large events could cause delays for a large number of people and that travellers should carry at least 1 litre of water for each person in their vehicles due to the warm weather.
The highways agency said that approximately 90% of England’s motorways and major roads were clear of roadworks for the bank holiday weekend. Much of the countries roadworks had been either suspended or completed in order to prevent traffic buildups. National Express, the coach operator, had its busiest weekend of the year with hundreds of thousands of passengers travelling by coach.
Unfortunately, rail passengers were affected by close to 1000 engineering tasks being carried out on the road network, meaning that some of the lines were closed. The large amount of work took place to upgrade rail signalling in the Bristol area. This affected great Western railway passengers. Other maintenance work included the replacement of track which which disrupted services between rugby and Milton Keynes. Buses were operating to replace the rail between Bolton and Preston due to projects taking place to electrify the rail network through Chorley.
Network Rail stated that work usually takes place 325 days a year as part of the ongoing railway upgrade project and we often carry out big upgrades over bank holidays as there are less passengers travelling rail network.
Roughly 2 million Britons went abroad over the bank holiday weekend. This is a common occurrence for the summer bank holiday as it traditionally marks the end of the peak summer months.