(PRWEB UK) 2 April 2014
With the Easter holiday falling comparatively late this year and the weather currently looking set to be reasonably fine, it is expected that road traffic to coastal and holiday destinations will increase from the second weekend of April (11th-13th April) – the weekend before Easter.
Most schools in England and Wales start their Easter holiday on Friday, 4th April, with the Summer Term commencing immediately after the Easter Holiday on Tuesday, 22nd April. Many people will be taking a week’s break during the week prior to Easter, and it is anticipated that “getaway” traffic on holiday routes may be significant over the weekend of Friday, 11th and Saturday, 12th April if the fine weather continues. During that weekend, traffic within the London area will also be busy because of the two FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley on Saturday and Sunday, and there will be road closures and restrictions in Central, East and South-East London on Sunday for the London Marathon.
There will still be heavy “getaway” traffic on Maundy Thursday, 17th April, mixing with the usual commuter traffic, and it is expected to be the busiest day on Britain’s roads so far this year. During the morning, there will also be restrictions and road closures around Blackburn Cathedral, in Lancashire, for the Royal visit in connection with the Annual Maundy Money service. During the four days prior to Good Friday (14th-17th April) commuter traffic is likely to be less than usual, as some are likely to take their Easter break at that time.
Those heading away for the Easter weekend may defer their departure until early on Good Friday, 18th April, but from lunchtime onwards, traffic on that day is expected to be relatively quiet. After a fairly “normal” Saturday, Easter Sunday is likely to be very quiet on the roads, especially as major retail outlets are closed. On Easter Monday, 21st April, roads will become very busy with homebound traffic, from lunchtime onwards, as many schools resume the following day. Some may opt to take a full week’s break during the week following Easter, so morning and afternoon commuter traffic during that week (22nd to 25th April) may be slightly less than usual.
Most roadwork on trunk routes will be completed prior to the Easter Holiday weekend, but long-term roadwork will be suspended over the Easter weekend in a manner to minimise traffic disruption. Local traffic congestion may also occur in areas where leisure events are scheduled, although there are comparatively few such events over the Easter weekend, the main events being motor-cycle racing and motor racing at Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Donington Park.
It is emphasised that prevailing weather conditions are likely to affect traffic conditions most significantly over the Easter period. In the event of a deterioration of weather – wet or wintry conditions – there are likely to be very few people taking an extended break away from home. If, however, the weather proves exceptionally fine, there is likely to be increased road traffic from day trippers to and from coastal resorts, especially over the Easter weekend.
“Getaway” routes likely to be very busy during late afternoon on Friday, 11th April, morning of Saturday, 12th April, and especially on Maundy Thursday, 17th April, and on Good Friday morning, 18th April:
These sections of road are also likely to be extremely busy (in the return direction where appropriate) with homebound traffic during the afternoon of Easter Monday, 21st April, possibly continuing on the morning of Tuesday, 22nd April.
“Day tripper” routes: In the event of exceptionally fine weather, the following routes are likely to see heavier traffic than usual due to day trippers (outward in morning, returning in evening) to and from coastal resorts (vehicle parking in the resorts may also prove difficult under these circumstances):
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Karen Sutton, Marketing Manager, Teletrac UK and Trafficmaster Ltd
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