As a result, journey’s could take over three times longer than normal
According to new figures gathered by Inrix, motorists in the UK will have to deal with queues over three times longer than normal once the school’s reopen next Monday.
The traffic information suppliers have warned other road users across the country that roads will be especially busy next Monday afternoon and evening, when school runs start again and last minute holidaymaker’s are on their way back home.
Not surprisingly, the most congested roads seem to be on routes coming back from the coast, or from popular holiday destinations and ports.
According to Inrix, those travelling back from East Anglia, the Lake District and Devon & Cornwall are going to be the most affected.
Motorists considering a journey on the M5 northbound from Exeter to Bristol could be in for an extra long commute – in free-flowing traffic the trip normally takes one hour and 15 minutes but next Monday, as school’s reopen across the country, this journey could take around 2 hours and 5 minutes instead.
Next Monday afternoon, those travelling on the M6 southbound from Lymm, in Cheshire to Cannock can be expected to take two hours and 20 minutes – 2.8 times longer than it normally is with less cars on the road.
“All good things must come to an end. Sadly for most, the end of the summer holidays heralds a return to work, school and traffic,” said Inrix’s chief economist, Dr Graham Cookson.
Dr Cookson recommends commuters consider alternative routes next week and said that the quickest way home might not necessarily be the shortest route.
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