Bank holiday rush could cause delays

JAMMED Up: The region's roads could be congested as the bank holiday weekend draws to a close today (Monday).
JAMMED Up: The region's roads could be congested as the bank holiday weekend draws to a close today (Monday).
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Warnings have been issued ahead of one of the busiest days of the year for congestion on the region’s roads.


Millions of motorists are expected to be on the roads today as people return from their holidays and trips over the extended weekend.

Breakdown service bosses have urged people to do basic car checks before travelling and allow extra time for journeys.

It comes as thousands of fans who flocked to the Leeds Fest extravaganza and Leeds Rhinos’ Challenge Cup final match at the weekend begin their journey home.

Max Holdstock, from the AA, said: “August is a full-on bank holiday weekend, so it’s always a bit of a mad scramble on the roads.

“The busiest times will be Friday evening and Monday afternoon, so try to allow extra time if you’re travelling then.

“Routes to the South-west and the coast are usually among the busiest; and there will be localised congestion around events, particularly at finish time.

“If you’re travelling with children, take plenty of things to keep them entertained.”

The AA said it attended around 35,000 breakdowns during the period last year.

It said extra patrols have this year been allocated across the region to ensure speedy vehicle recoveries.

Mr Holdstock added: “Whether you’re heading off on holiday or taking a last-minute day trip, take a few minutes to do the basic checks on your car.”

Other events which could clog up traffic include a full Saturday and Sunday Premier League and Championship football fixtures lists.

There is also the Creamfields music festival in Cheshire, Notting Hill Carnival in London and the MotoGP race at Silverstone.

The AA has also advised motorists to try and break up any journey that is more than three hours long.

For more information about potential delays visit www.highways.gov.uk