Last-minute trips 'to hit traffic'

Traffic conditions over the coming bank holiday weekend are likely to be chaotic with many motorists planning last-minute getaways, a navigation company has predicted.

According to Trafficmaster, cash-conscious people who are currently uncertain about their holiday plans may decide to take advantage of the long weekend at the last moment.

"These unplanned holiday and leisure trips could lead to highly unpredictable traffic conditions and longer delays over the bank holiday compared to a normal holiday weekend," the company said.

The additional pressure on the traffic could result in a fifth of road journeys being hit by delays, it added.

Motorists could face congestions lasting up to four hours during the peak time every day during the August bank holiday weekend. This would be double the time during congestion peaks on a normal holiday weekend.

Among the stretches likely to see the worst traffic jams are parts of the M25, the M5 southbound to the West Country, the M6 to the Lake District and the A11 through Newmarket in Cambridgeshire, said Trafficmaster.

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