Holidays set to bring traffic jams

With the onset of school summer holidays, warnings have been issued about a busy few weekends on England's roads.

The Highways Agency has warned that the coming weekends will see extra pressure on England's motorways and major 'A' roads as schools break up and thousands of families head away for a summer holiday.

Steve Crosthwaite, Head of the Highways Agency's National Traffic Control Centre, said: "Routes around airports and ports as well as those heading towards the coast are expected to be busy, with the M20, M5, M4 and A2 expected to be carrying up to 20% more traffic than on a typical Saturday.

To avoid the worst of the queues the Highways Agency is recommending that people plan their journeys in advance.

The organisation has recently introduced an updated Traffic Radio service, available 24 hours a day on DAB digital radio and the internet, in order to help drivers anticipate and avoid delays.

"At this time of year a lot of people will be taking journeys they are not familiar with so our advice is to plan your journey well and make sure you check the conditions before you leave.

"It's also a good idea to be prepared. Take food and water with you, especially if you have children in the car, and take a map just in case you need to find an alternative route," added Steve Crosthwaite.

"At this time of year there are a lot of unnecessary breakdowns - so check your tyres, lights, oil and of course your fuel level. Waiting for recovery on the hard shoulder with your family isn't the best way to start a holiday."

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