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.