Driv­ers are urged to avoid trav­el­ling on ‘Fran­tic Fri­day’

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DRIV­ERS are be­ing urged to avoid trav­el­ling on “Fran­tic Fri­day” this week when the last of the year’s com­muter traf­fic will clash with the Christ­mas get­away.

Leisure jour­neys will peak at 1.87 mil­lion on Christ­mas Eve, but De­cem­ber 22 is ex­pected to see the worst de­lays as peo­ple driv­ing home from work bat­tle for road space with 1.25 mil­lion mo­torists vis­it­ing friends and fam­ily, ac­cord­ing to RAC fig­ures.

The worst hold-ups are ex­pected to oc­cur be­tween 4pm and 8pm.

An es­ti­mated 11.5 mil­lion leisure trips will be made by car be­tween De­cem­ber 17 and Christ­mas Eve, but this will be eclipsed by the 17.5 mil­lion be­tween Christ­mas Day and New Year’s Day as peo­ple take ad­van­tage of post-Christ­mas sales at shops.

Driv­ing will cost more this win­ter as ris­ing fuel prices mean fill­ing up a typ­i­cal fam­ily petrol or diesel car is around £3 more ex­pen­sive com­pared with 2016.

RAC traf­fic spokesman Rod Den­nis said: “Things tend to get worse on the last work­ing day be­fore Christ­mas, with ‘Fran­tic Fri­day’ this year fall­ing on De­cem­ber 22.

“We strongly urge driv­ers plan­ning long jour­neys to avoid this day if they pos­si­bly can. We’re then ex­pect­ing pre-Christ­mas leisure trips to peak on Christ­mas Eve, with get­away traf­fic com­bin­ing with the in­evitable dashes to the shops for last-minute Christ­mas presents.”

Al­most 400 miles of road­works will be lifted by High­ways Eng­land to ease jour­neys.

The “road­works em­bargo” will be in place on mo­tor­ways and ma­jor A roads from 6am on Fri­day un­til 12.01am on Jan­uary 2.

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