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More than 2m to head abroad as summer getaway begins

More than 2m people are expected to head away on their holidays this weekend Photo: PA Wire

More than two million Brits are expected to head away on holiday this weekend with Heathrow Airport bracing itself for its busiest day on record and roads and ports expecting congestion too.

Heathrow Airport is expecting more than 500,000 passengers to travel through its airport this weekend, with a record breaking 129,647 holidaymakers departing today.

Meanwhile some 310,000 passengers are expected to fly out of Gatwick and 160,000 from Stansted.

In the North, Manchester Airport will see 342,000 holidaymakers pass through the airport. In Scotland 100,000 passengers will depart across the weekend.

Roads and ports are expected to be busy around the UK too with people being warned to allow extra time for their journeys.

At Dover, delays were being reported on roads around the port and on some ferry services.

Meanwhile holidaymakers staying in the UK have been warned of severe congestion on routes to Devon and Cornwall.

Highways England has launched a website especially for drivers heading to the South West of England to help plan their journey.

This coming weekend will see a 'summer spike' of traffic on major roads, with families who have spent the first week of the school holidays planning a break finally making their getaway.

We're expecting traffic to peak on Saturday, with some 2.3 million holidaymakers on the road, but Friday is also likely to see jams as two million of us take to the wheel to start a summer break

– RAC