Motorists are warned to prepare for delays during what is expected to be the busiest bank holiday weekend in May 1 in five years.
According to a RAC survey of 1,050 British drivers, a total of 14.8 million short breaks are planned between Friday and Monday.
That’s the best for this holiday weekend since 2016.
Saturday is probably the busiest day on the streets with 2.6 million leisure trips.
The RAC said the numbers suggest that many people are interested in taking advantage of the recent easing of coronavirus restrictions to see friends and family or take day trips.
According to the survey, 62% more leisure trips will take place this weekend than during the Easter break.
Rod Dennis, traffic spokesman for the RAC, said: “After one of the quietest Easter on the streets in years, our numbers suggest that easing Covid restrictions has made a dramatic difference. Millions more drivers plan to hit the road.
“It remains to be seen what effect the weather will have, as gatherings in damp parks and gardens may not be as attractive. And when it’s too cold to go to the beach, the number of visits to shops, cafes and restaurants with covered outdoor areas can increase significantly.
“Still, the prospect of queues on the streets – especially to large shopping malls – is far more likely this coming weekend. We recommend that drivers plan ahead and follow the local traffic reports to find out if there are any disruptions.”
“Given that almost a fifth of the drivers we surveyed have not yet decided on which day they will be traveling on the long weekend, it may well be the case that the weather plays a crucial role on which days when they are most busy . Each sunnier, warmer day could result in a lot more people jumping into their cars. “
Meanwhile, rail journeys will be suspended this weekend as Network Rail 620 carries out upgrade projects across the UK.
This affects several routes including lines serving London King’s Cross and the West Coast Main Line.