Spring Bank Holiday Traffic Is Expected To Be Lowest On Record
Traffic levels are expected to be the lowest on record during the upcoming spring bank holiday, as most people plan on staying home…
A Quiet Bank Holiday
New data from the RAC suggests this spring Bank Holiday could be one of the quietest yet; with traffic being at an historic low. Two-thirds of drivers (68%) have suggested that they won’t be using their cars for recreation or leisure during the holiday. Ultimately, according to the RAC, that means just 10 million motorists will be making journeys by car; half the number recorded in 2019 over the same period. Amongst those drivers who do intend to drive, most will be taking journeys of 10 miles or less. All of this suggests that enthusiasm for travel is actually lower than many might expect after lockdown measures have been somewhat relaxed.
One in seven respondents (15%) to the RAC’s research said they plan on driving no more than 10 miles during the Bank Holiday weekend. Only a small number of drivers, around 3%, said they’d be driving for more than 30 miles. Fears of beaches, parks and other tourist destinations being swamped, then, may be unfounded.
Anything But Traditional
Rod Dennis, speaking for the RAC, has said that this spring Bank Holiday will be anything but traditional. He said, “this weekend will be anything but a traditional sunny bank holiday weekend, and in fact nationally it could turn out to be the quietest on the motorways and major roads ever, with our research indicating people are much keener to stay at home than pack the car up for a day trip”.
However, that’s not to say everywhere will be quiet. Dennis explained, “there will still almost certainly be jams on local roads leading to beaches, country parks and other beauty spots, probably made up of people who live within very easy reach of these destinations”. He added, “while it’s true that some car parks in popular locations were quick to fill up last weekend, it was positive to see that many of the fears around people swarming to tourist destinations thankfully didn’t translate into widespread problems”. In other words, most drivers continue to be cautious and relatively observant of lockdown rules; even in the face of easing restrictions.
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