Motorists face Bank Holiday queues

Motorists are being warned to expect the usual Bank Holiday madness on the roads this weekend.

Some 25% of people are setting off for a trip on Friday after booking the day off work or leaving early, according to a poll.

Overall some 52% of respondents said they had a trip organised, with 41% of 18-25-year olds saying they had a day trip planned.

Among people's plans were the Reading and Leeds music festivals and visits to beach resorts including the Isle of Wight, Blackpool and Brighton despite the gloomy weather forecasts.

The survey showed that 30% of those planning trips intended to get up early on Saturday to begin their journeys, while 33% will use minor roads and 19% will avoid motorways completely.

In all, 19% of people are planning a journey of more than four hours over the weekend.

And it is estimated that motorists will face average delays of one hour 24 minutes, with 12% possibly experiencing jams lasting more than three hours, according to esure which carried out the poll.

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