Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Festive Rush Is on; Tens of Thousands on the Move

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Festive Rush Is on; Tens of Thousands on the Move

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Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY and KATY SIMPSON

TODAY the great Christmas getaway gets into full swing.

Over the next few days tens of thousands of people are set to descend upon the North East's airport and train and bus stations as they flock in and out of the region to spend Christmas with family in the UK or abroad.

And major roads around Tyneside were expected to be particularly busy today, the first day of many workers' festive break.

It seems the credit crunch has not deterred travellers from taking to the skies, and Newcastle Airport is likely to be very busy over the festive period, with passengers even able to take off and land on Christmas Day itself.

A spokeswoman said: "We will have 70,000 passengers travelling through the airport between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day. On Christmas Day we have seven departures and eight arrivals.

"And over the period of Christmas Eve to New Year's Day we will have 750 flights in total, inbound and outbound."

The AA expects major roads to be quieter than usual this year, with cold weather and high fuel prices persuading people to stay at home.

However, the motorists' organisation is warning people to be wary of tricky conditions on the roads to avoid being delayed, involved in an accident, or even stranded.

A spokesman said: "The recession and icy weather are set to make this a quieter festive season than normal on the roads, but it will still be much busier than other times of year. Drivers should expect congestion on main routes into and out of major cities, on the approaches to airports and around major shopping areas.

"And motorists leaving Newcastle should plan ahead and keep an eye on local weather forecasts. It is also a good idea to carry an emergency kit in your car - including deicers, ice scrapers, and spare warm clothes or blankets - to avoid being caught out by bad weather. …

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