Get­away chaos on roads and rail

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - By Jon Coates

THE pre-Christ­mas school break-up will trig­ger the worst chaos for years with grid­locked roads and rail de­lays.

About 30 mil­lion cars are ex­pected to join the week­end get­away with 229 miles of road­works wors­en­ing con­ges­tion.

The “worst ever” Christ­mas rail works will quadru­ple some jour­ney times and there will also be air­port de­lays. The RAC has blamed schools break­ing up on Fri­day, the clos­est end-of-term to Christ­mas since 2012.

Around 30 mil­lion leisure jour­neys will be made by car dur­ing the next two weeks, RAC traf­fic trends show. Fri­day even­ing and Satur­day af­ter­noon will see the big­gest traf­fic jams.

High­ways Eng­land said 229 miles of road­works would re­main, in­clud­ing 15 miles of the M1 near Mil­ton Keynes, a 20-mile M6 stretch near Stafford, and 11 miles of the M23 near Craw­ley.

Train travel will not be any eas­ier. Six of Bri­tain’s seven main lines are af­fected by 330 fes­tive pe­riod main­te­nance projects.

About 25,000 en­gi­neers will be tasked with the £148mil­lion im­prove­ment works for 11 days from Satur­day. Lines af­fected run into Padding­ton, Liver­pool Street, Vic­to­ria, Water­loo, Eus­ton and St Pan­cras.

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