Christmas getaway begins across Wales

As we head into the busiest period for Christmas traffic, the AA are predicting the roads won't be as busy as usual.

Christmas getaway begins

Mid-week Christmas means scenes like this might not be as likely Credit: PA

While it may be wet and windy in Wales, drivers can take consolation that Christmas getaway traffic isn't expected to be as heavy as normal. That's according to the AA.

They believe the main gateway will be spread over several days - from this afternoon until Christmas Eve.

According to Trafficmaster, the AA's traffic information partner, the heaviest traffic in Wales is expected between Junction 20 (M32) and Junction 32 (Cardiff).

But, while the roads may be looking quieter, Cardiff Airport say they're expecting to see more than 20,000 passengers between Christmas and New Years, an 18% increase on last year.

The peak travelling period is the four-day run-up to Christmas Day, when over 9,000 travellers are expected.

The top destination for travellers is international hub Amsterdam, with the majority then choosing to travel worldwide.