Easter Traffic Hits High


11 Million extra drivers are set to hit the roads due to nationwide rail disturbances.

Disruption to rail services threatens to impede anyone who is trying to get away for Easter with and expected 11 million additional drivers to hit the roads.

Engineering works are being carried out costing about sixty million pounds which means that rail services will be limited. Over four hundred engineering projects are being carried out on mainland routes which is over seventy more than last year. The works will affect around 5% of rail routes over the Easter week.

Delays will impact all  of Britain’s main rail line routes that bridge London with the Midlands,the West, Edinburgh,Glasgow, Norwich and Weymouth.

Network Rail is describing the disruption as “the biggest ever Easter investment programme.”

The improvements are being made this week as the holidays are usually quieter as less commuters are on the roads.

The AA surveyed its members and the results suggested that 55% planned to go somewhere by car on Easter Thursday compared with 47% in 2015. Less commuters are predicted for Good Friday with the figure falling to fifty percent. AA have suggested that the increase could be due to low petrol prices that make travel by car more affordable.

Highways England said it planned to finish or lift 208 sets of roadworks, however 57 sets will stay in place due to large excavation or major structural projects which would make them unsafe to lift.

Airport travel will also be strained because the Gatwick Express from London Victoria is out of commission for at least four days and the London Underground Piccadilly Line services to Heathrow are slated to be hit by another strike starting Monday.

There are expected to be just under a quarter of a million extra families travelling for Heathrow over the weekend which could wreak havoc to air travel plans.