Bank Holiday smoothness predicted

You could be getting ahead of yourself if you predict the usual bank holiday chaos this August. Weather forecasters are predicting gloom, and many, anxious about the price of fuel, are opting to keep their cars at home.

All of which means that the roads will be quieter than what we have come to expect at this time of the year, with the AA suggesting that 16 million motorists will be behind the wheel.

If you do manage to get out on the roads, expect just 22 sets of roadworks – 10 down on last year. Another 95 schemes will be suspended, which is 30 more than 12 months ago.

All told, 5.5 million people are predicted to travel by train over the bank holiday weekend according to Michael Roberts, Chief Executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies.

He said: 'With the last bank holiday of the year coinciding with the end of the school holidays, we’re expecting millions of people to travel by train to see friends and family or to head off on days out around the country.'

'The vast majority of people taking the train should experience no disruption because of improvement works. Millions of pounds are spent all year round by train companies and Network Rail to improve the railways and ensure that passengers can benefit from better stations and faster services.'

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