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Millions of journeys expected for busy Easter getaway on Friday

Millions of drivers are expected on the roads on Good Friday in what’s predicted to be the busiest journey day of the Easter weekend.

An estimated 4.62 million journeys are more likely to be made throughout the UK, with an additional 22.48 million throughout the financial institution vacation weekend in what might be the busiest in years, in accordance with the RAC.

More delays are predicted following journey chaos on Thursday – in addition to passengers at airports and practice stations left ready for hours in lengthy queues.

Many reported hour-long waits at Manchester and Birmingham airports, whereas dozens of British Airways and easyJet flights had been cancelled at Heathrow.

Meanwhile, these at London St Pancras stated they had been standing in lengthy queues for providers to Europe on Thursday morning.

Rail passengers have additionally been warned of additional delays as Network Rail carries out 530 engineering tasks costing a complete of £83 million over the weekend.

These embrace the closure of the West Coast Main Line between London Euston and Milton Keynes for 4 days from Good Friday as a consequence of upgrades of the prevailing line and HS2 work.

Lorries queue in Operation Brock on the M20 close to Ashford in Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA)

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Parts of the railway between Birmingham International station and Coventry can even be closed, as will traces round Crewe station.

Dover-Calais sailings by P&O Ferries had been additionally nonetheless suspended as of Thursday night time, which induced massive queues of lorries forming on roads approaching the Port of Dover all through the day.

On high of all of the journey disruption, provides of petrol and diesel at filling stations in some areas of the nation have been at round half their common stage because the UK’s journey community comes underneath strain.

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