Motorists Get Clear Run at End of Bank Holiday Motorists
Bunting, Chris, The Independent (London, England)
MOTORISTS ENJOYED clear roads yesterday as predictions of record bank holiday jams failed to materialise. The main motoring organisations had issued apocalyptic warnings that a combination of rail engineering work putting more travellers on the roads, and fine weather, would result in unprecedented chaos.
But, despite sunny skies in many parts of the country, traffic was lighter than usual for a summer bank holiday. On Friday, there were long tailbacks on motorways and localised congestion caused by events such as the Leeds and Reading music festivals.
An RAC spokeswoman said: "The roads are clear. I think what probably happened is that the train engineering works were well publicised. If people had to get from A to B, they were aware of delays or cancellations they would encounter. They would have taken that into consideration."
She said some people were extending their holidays until the end of the week, reducing the numbers returning to the cities yesterday. People also appeared to have staggered outward journeys, many leaving on Thursday to beat the rush. …