Bank holiday traffic predicted to be worst on record

Buckle up because it’s that time of the year again - Easter weekend is upon us, and it's bringing along its infamous traffic jams!

According to the RAC and Inrix, Good Friday is shaping up to be the ultimate test of patience for drivers, with a whopping 2.6 million getaway trips predicted.

And if you thought Thursday and Easter Monday would offer some respite, think again! With 600,000 more journeys planned each day compared to the norm, it seems like everyone's hitting the road for the long weekend.

But wait, there's more! Easter Saturday and Sunday aren't getting off easy either, with a staggering 2.3 million separate trips forecasted for each day. 

In total, brace yourselves for a jaw-dropping 14 million leisure journeys by car this Easter weekend. Yep, you read that right - 14 million!

Inrix, the wizards of transport analytics, are pinpointing the peak chaos to hit between 2 pm and 7 pm on Thursday. So, if you can, maybe sneak out of work a bit earlier or later to avoid the madness.

Oh, and if you happen to find yourself on the M25 between Gatwick and Hertfordshire on Thursday afternoon, brace yourself for a journey twice as long as usual. Yep, you might want to pack some extra snacks for that ride.

Check out the RAC's handy guide below to keep your journey times over the weekend to a minimum.


So, there you have it - a heads-up to navigate the Easter traffic minefield with a bit more ease. Stay safe out there, and don't say we didn't warn you!