Anyone who was hoping to enjoy the summer bank holiday over the weekend probably ran into a lot off traffic on the M25. This was due to two major issues. The first was a lorry, which was carrying waste, that went up in flames. According to the Highways Agency, this damaged the road surface. The second issue was scheduled roadwork.
These delays could not have come at a worse time for people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This was expected to be one of the busiest weekends all year, so it’s interesting that roadwork was still being done on nearly 190 miles of highway. It seems that the Highways Agency should have scheduled around this huge holiday.
Of course, there were other problems that caused delays in other areas. For example, an overturned vehicle on the A1 caused the shutdown of two lanes of traffic. This was causing delays of at least 20 minutes. The A303 heading westbound was delayed up to 30 minutes as well. Of course, these delays were simply caused by heavy traffic, which was to be expected. This heavy traffic was also seen on the A5 heading towards Cannock. At the height of the traffic, drivers were greeted by delays of up to 50 minutes.
The Highway Agency said that the amount of traffic on the roads was amazing. Roads such as the AA were congested to the max. Reports suggest that there were nearly 14 million cars trying to use the AA over the weekend. This is to be expected since around 40 percent of British families had planned to take a trip during the summer bank holiday.
Traffic was not the only thing that Brits had to worry about over the holiday weekend. The Met Office also called for freezing temperatures to put the chill on many holidays. Despite the cold weather, the Met Office did say that most places around the UK were going to at least enjoy some sunshine. This was thanks to an area of low pressure moving in from over the Atlantic Ocean.
A spokesperson for the Highways Agency said that they were urging all motorists to plan extra time for their journeys. They were also telling people to plan to take some alternate routes to stay off the major highways. The best way to keep up to date with all traffic related problems was to visit the Highway Agency’s official Twitter page.