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May Day bank holiday traffic ‘busiest in three years’

Motorway traffic, motorway traffic, holiday traffic.

The RAC is predicting the busiest May Day bank holiday traffic since 2016, with 13 million leisure trips expected to be made from Friday (May 3).

It says that Friday is expected to be the busiest, with around 4.4m separate leisure journeys by car, 1.5m more than the same day last year.

Saturday will be the next busiest, with 3.4m leisure trips being made, up 900,000 on 2018, while the bank holiday Monday will see 3.1m, up 1.2m on 2018.

RAC Breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis said: “Our figures suggest drivers are still keen to make the most of the long weekend, with significantly more saying they are planning a leisure trip by car this year than in recent years.

“The advice is again to try to use the roads when they are quieter, which primarily means avoiding Friday afternoon and evening if possible, and setting off earlier on Saturday, especially if travelling any great distance.”

Bank Holiday ravel this weekend


Planned leisure trips by car

Suggested best times to travel on major roads

Friday 3 May


Before 4pm and after 7pm

Saturday 4 May


Before 10am and after 3pm

Sunday 5 May


Before 10am and after 3pm

Monday 6 May


Before 12pm and after 4pm

Total Friday to Monday




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