A motoring company has issued warnings ahead of the weekend as millions of cars look set to hit the roads. While the school terms in Nottingham and the wider county finish next week, many others across the country have already ended, and those travelling out of Nottinghamshire for an early getaway should plan ahead to avoid roadworks and congestion.
Schools in Nottinghamshire finish for the summer holidays on Friday, July 29, while city schools finish for the year on Wednesday, July 27. Some schools across the UK, including in Birmingham, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire for example, have however already ended their terms.
The RAC is, as such, predicting approximately 19 million more vehicles on the roads between July 22 and July 24. This, coupled with lots of roadworks, may cause problems for those travelling into or out of Nottinghamshire for a weekend break.
RAC Breakdown spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “The extreme heat that’s affecting much of the UK in the last few days might wane over the next few days, but we still expect the summer getaway to begin with a bang as a potentially record-breaking number of drivers take to the roads this coming weekend – and that’s despite the unbelievably high cost of fuel.
“With school terms in England and Wales finishing this week and millions of people ready for a well-earned break, we anticipate a ‘frantic Friday’ followed by a woeful weekend on major roads across the country, with traffic and congestion likely peaking on Saturday.
“The advice to drivers heading off on a holiday by car is therefore clear – leave as early as you can in the morning or expect to be sat in some lengthy queues.”
Major roadwork projects are taking place in various busy locations across Nottinghamshire and these may cause problems as schools finish for the summer. Perhaps one of the most significant is the closures on Lady Bay Bridge after a skip lorry fell off recently.
One one lane is open outbound on the bridge and it has been causing significant congestion in the city for weeks now. Improvements on the A52 at Gamston roundabout have also been causing congestion problems.
Next weekend on July 30 and July 31 the next phase of these works are set to begin, just as Nottinghamshire’s schools close for the summer, and a diversion route has already been published ahead of planned closures. And major repair works are planned on a very busy section of the ring road from July 25.
While the work in the main will begin on August 1, whereby underground subsidence on the A6514 next to Western Boulevard Railway Bridge must be fixed, some advance lane closures will be enforced at the end of July.
This all comes on top of airport chaos for many with airport staff threatening to strike and some transport hubs limiting flight numbers and passenger counts amid huge queues and delays. Travellers heading down to Dover and into mainland Europe also face serious delays due to a “critical incident”.
The issues stem, according to reports, from French border control which is insufficiently resourced. As such those heading off for an early getaway may face troubles down south too.