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Summer could see 'unprecedented' levels of traffic on UK roads

Summer could see 'unprecedented' levels of traffic on UK roads

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The number of people booking UK-based holidays has ballooned by 20 per cent since April. The RAC Breakdown has estimated that 29 million ‘staycations’ could take place this summer.

This summer could see ‘unprecedented’ levels of traffic hitting the UK’s roads. RAC Breakdown has estimated that 29 million ‘staycations’ could take place this summer - with 16 million of these in the school holidays alone. The number of people booking UK-based holidays has ballooned by 20 per cent since April, with data from the RAC highlighting areas such as the West Country, Scotland, Yorkshire and the Lake District as hotspots for visitors. 


RAC Breakdown spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “With the school summer holidays just days away, a second ‘staycation summer’ in a row now looks like a certainty and will mean millions of us relying on our cars to get us wherever we want to go. “Our research shows that while most people have already made their plans, if – as expected – travel restrictions limit the numbers taking foreign holidays, then those booking last-minute trips in the UK will likely soar, adding to what we expect to already be an extremely busy summer on the roads.”


Though many drivers have already nailed down a date to go away, some 18 per cent have yet to confirm a date. This could be down to many drivers looking to get a last-minute deal on holidays while others might be seeing what the British weather does first. A survey of 2,498 drivers by the RAC found that the majority of drivers would be travelling more than 150 miles for their UK-based holiday, while 17 per cent of these people would be looking to venture more than 300 miles. A third of drivers who had taken their breaks in the UK during 2020 also said that they would be going further afield this year.