By Amelia Riley
This Easter break will see transport disruptions in the form of congested roads, busy airports and delayed trains.
According to the RAC, 21.5 million leisure trips have been predicted to be made by car between Good Friday and Easter Monday, causing the busiest roads in the UK in at least eight years.
The RAC advises that travellers set off before 9am or delay their journeys until after 7:30pm in order to avoid traffic jams.
“After two years of relatively quiet Easter bank holidays on the roads, our research suggests a return to traffic levels that are much more typical of this time of year,” said Rod Dennis, a spokesman for the RAC.
“Add in the impact of disruption on the rail network and one of the biggest fixtures of the sporting calendar taking place this weekend, and you have all the ingredients needed for problems on the roads.”
Liverpool and Manchester City are scheduled to play their FA Cup semi-final match at Wembley on Saturday. Manchester City fans trying to get to Wembley Stadium have been advised against rail travel as many services are affected this weekend.
A strike action by the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union is planned this weekend, along with Network Rail intending to carry out 530 engineering projects costing a total of £83 million.
Trains to the West Midlands, North West England and parts of Scotland will depart from Milton Keynes Central as no trains are scheduled to or from London Euston all weekend.
Due to the maintenance work, no Southern Railway services are running from Victoria or Gatwick Express, with most trains diverted into London Bridge.
Routes from Manchester to Leeds, Hull, York, Scarborough, Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Edinburgh via Huddersfield are expected to be affected after TransPennine Express announced limited services on Saturday and Sunday due to an industrial pay dispute.
As the number of aeroplane passengers are beginning to rouboud pre-pandemic levels, several airlines and airports are struggling to cope with staff sickness and shortages, with thousands of easyJet and British Airways flights being cancelled.
Manchester Airport has warned its passengers to expect delays of up to 90 minutes.
Manchester Airport CEO, Charlie Cornish, said: “The simple fact is that we don’t currently have the number of staff we need to provide the level of service that our passengers deserve.”