It seems that yet another Christmas in the UK is going to be plagued by travel chaos. This news comes on the heels of rail disruptions and road crashes. In order for travellers to get to their holiday destinations, they better be prepared to wait in a lot of traffic.
One of the busiest motorways in all of the UK, the M25, was hit by a multi-vehicle accident on Tuesday, Dec. 23. This just happened to be the day that many people in Britain chose to travel to their holiday destinations. The crash caused two lanes of traffic to close between the junction near Otford in Kent and Oxted in Surrey. To make matters worse, a lorry broke down and closed a lane of traffic near junction 12, just south of Heathrow Airport.
On the same day, there was a closure in both directions on the A64 near North Yorkshire between the B1248 and the B1249. This was caused by an accident that happened in West Knapton. The Highways Agency said that people should consider alternative routes or travelling on a different day.
Anyone who is travelling on the M20, near Folkestone, should expect to be hit by heavy traffic for the rest of the week. This will be a very popular road, so people will be using it heavily during the holiday season, including both just before and just after Christmas as people are heading home.
Rail passengers, on the other hand, were also hit by delays. Unlike on the roads, which were caused by accidents, delays for the rail lines were caused by signal failures. Some signals went out at Southhall, so the outages caused problems for Heathrow Express, First Great Western and Heathrow Connect.
Of course, not all Brits will have to deal with delays. A lot of them will be leaving home this year and travelling overseas. In fact, nearly 4 million Brits will be heading overseas between the period of December 19 and January 3. Some of the destinations that they will be traveling to include Mexico, Cuba, Egypt, Dubai, Tunisia, Morocco and the Canary Islands.
Hopefully, there will not be too many more delays on travel in the days before Christmas. Most people won’t be travelling Christmas Day, but a lot of people will still be travelling on Christmas Eve. The Highway Agency asks that all drivers stay safe and leave plenty of time to get to their destinations.