June 1, 2022, 08:56
The exact time not to travel this bank holiday weekend has been revealed by experts.
Platinum Jubilee is finally here, which means many of us are probably heading out for the long weekend.
But the RAC has now revealed that the busiest day to hit the roads over the next few days is Friday June 3.
According to the car services company, 3.6 million people will leave by car, the worst time for traveling between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Among the worst affected roads are the M25 around London, the M5 near Bristol, the A303 in Wiltshire and the A720 near Edinburgh.
Meanwhile, the second-worst day for travel is tomorrow (Thursday June 2), when 3.3 million drivers will leave in their cars, with the busiest time between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The M5 and M25 are thought to be busiest at the start of the bank holiday.
If you want to leave at the quietest time, Sunday June 5 will have the least crowds on the roads, with 2.3 million drivers expected.
RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said: “Drivers clearly see a double bank holiday so close to summer as a gift with so many millions eager to make the most of it – although many seem keen to keep their car journeys short, perhaps mixing a day trip or two with a Jubilee celebration at home.
“The fact that public holidays coincide with the end of mid-term in many places has the potential to put additional strain on the road network, so it is important to plan a trip carefully to avoid the worst queues of waiting.”
It comes after airports at Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester have faced chaos in recent weeks.
And travel expert Simon Calder has predicted that those traveling over the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend will face similar issues.
Speaking to Good Morning Britain presenters Richard Madeley and Charlotte Hawkins, Simon said: “I’m afraid I don’t think the coming weekend will be much better than last weekend.
“They don’t have enough staff at the airport and even on the airlines to handle the services that people just naturally booked because they wanted their vacations.”