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Motorists warned over delays as great summer getaway begins this weekend

Traffic on the M6 in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central

Motorists are being warned to expect delays this weekend as almost nine million vehicles embark on the start of the summer getaway.

The RAC predicted that a total of 37 million leisure trips will be made over the first two weeks of the school holidays.

Saturday will be the busiest day of the weekend for UK getaway traffic with 3.4 million journeys being made.

The worst times to travel are anticipated to be:

  • Friday between 1pm and 8pm
  • Saturday between 11am and 4pm
  • Sunday between 11am and 4pm
Traffic on the M6 in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central

RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis warned that drivers will face "customary chaos" this weekend:

The very much-needed family summer holiday might begin stressfully as long tailbacks are inevitable, particularly in the South West on the M5 which is the main conduit to the beaches of Devon and Cornwall.

The Great British summer holiday getaway begins with an initial rush for the roads this weekend as that's when the majority of schools break up.

But unlike any other time of year, the country's major tourist routes will remain steadily busy through the rest of the six weeks.

– Rod Dennis

Mr Dennis advised drivers to travel very early in the morning or late in the evening, but accepted this will not be possible for many people.

The RAC predicted that the most congested spot in the Midlands will be:

  • The A14 between the Midlands and the east coast