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The holiday rush brings congestion and delays across UK

Millions are bracing for what is probably one of the most active travel days of the year as people are ready for Christmas.

Millions are bracing for what is probably one of the most active travel days of the year as people are ready for Christmas.

Festive Traffic Hits Peak Ahead of Christmas

As the holiday spirit fills the air, the roads and ports across the UK are experiencing extensive congestion and delays. 

The Automobile Association (AA) has highlighted widespread traffic build-up, particularly around shopping hubs, football venues, and ports, with reports of lengthy queues at the Dover port, reaching up to 90 minutes.

Transport Disruptions Add to Challenges

The upcoming closures of major railway stations such as London Paddington and Kings Cross from Christmas Eve add another layer of complexity to travel plans. These closures are prompting a last-minute rush for train services, contributing to the heightened congestion.

Advice for Travellers

The AA advises meticulous journey planning and preparedness for potential delays. The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) estimates a significant surge in car travel, forecasting 13.5 million leisure journeys between Friday and Sunday, marking a 20% increase compared to last year’s figures.

Busy High Streets and Shopping Rush

High streets nationwide are bracing for a bustling weekend, with a surge in shoppers aiming to complete their Christmas purchases. The British Retail Consortium anticipates this weekend to be among the busiest of the year, emphasizing a focus on last-minute gift shopping.

Challenges for Sea Travel

Travellers relying on sea routes face prolonged waiting times, with Dover’s Port reporting a 90-minute wait for French border controls. P&O Ferries has acknowledged the delays and assures affected customers of accommodation on the next available sailings once through the checks.

As the rush intensifies, travellers are advised to plan ahead, anticipate delays, and consider alternative travel options to navigate through the holiday congestion.

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