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Bank holiday travellers told to plan for disruptions

Millions of travellers have been warned to expect road congestion and rail disruptions across an action-packed bank holiday weekend, which will see a series of sporting events, music festivals and air shows take place.

As many as 17 million cars are predicted on the roads, swelling Friday's evening rush hour and likely to cause traffic jams on Saturday particularly, though 145 miles of roadworks have been suspended to ease the weekend's travel.

Queues of cars lined up to leave the country during last year's bank holiday weekend getaway. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

Rail travellers have been urged to check their planned journeys with buses replacing trains on a number of routes and reduced services in operation on significant parts of the network, including between London and Manchester via Birmingham New Street from Saturday evening to Monday.

Gatwick is expecting 270,000 passengers to fly out of the airport over the weekend, while the express train service to Heathrow is set to run as normal despite two 24-hour RMT union walkouts planned for Friday and Monday.

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Essex flooded after month's rainfall

Roads are flooded after torrential rain in Rochford Essex Credit: Andy Dickenson

The Bank holiday has been a washout for many but in Essex people spent the first day of the long weekend up to their knees in water.

Drains burst on the beach front at Southend-on-Sea after a month's worth of rain fell in just a few hours.

Cars struggling to make it through the floods in Rochford Essex Credit: Andy Dickenson

The Met Met Office issued weather warnings across the east of England.

At one stage in the day, 20mm of rain fell across Essex in an hour, and entire streets had to be evacuated in the town of Billericay after floods caused landslips that dragged down a wall.


Visitors stroll along Brighton's drenched promenade

Visitors on Brighton beach braved the cold conditions. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The south east of England has experienced heavy rainfall overnight, with up to 0.4 inches falling, but the sun is expected to poke its head through later today.

The beach was empty yesterday afternoon and evening. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The Bank Holiday weekend got off to a damp and soggy start, with flooding causing chaos in some places.

Visitors on the seafront in Brighton. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Sunshine to follow heavy rain this Bank Holiday

Heavy downpours might have blighted the start of the Bank Holiday weekend for some, but tomorrow the whole country will once again be bathed in sunshine.

A woman walks through the rain in Notting Hill, London. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Highs of up to 27C (80.6F) will warm up the UK tomorrow, after a wet start to the weekend which has seen flash flooding hit the east, particularly in the south.

Suffolk, Kent, Essex and London have seen up to 0.4ins more rain fall overnight but further up the east coast the rain has begun to ease.

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