Easter travel chaos warning for holidaymakers as delays hit airports and roads

People embarking on Easter trips are being warned to prepare for the travel chaos.

Airports are expected to suffer badly due to staff shortages, labor disputes and maintenance work. Meanwhile, the RAC expects Easter weekend to see our roads at their busiest in at least eight years.

The Mirror predicts 21.5 million leisure car journeys will be made between Good Friday and Easter Monday – the most since the service began tracking motorists’ Easter plans in 2014.

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The busiest day on the roads is expected to be Good Friday. RAC Traffic Spokesman Rod Dennis said: “After two years of relatively quiet Easter holidays, our research points to a return to traffic levels that are much more typical of this time of year.

“It is very possible that this weekend will turn out to be one of the busiest in many years. Add in the impact of disruptions to the rail network and one of the biggest dates on the sporting calendar and you have all the ingredients needed for trouble.

“Traffic levels are likely to be even higher when warm spring sunshine arrives.” Mr Dennis urged drivers who will need to travel to ensure vehicles are prepared.

Travelers face huge queues and delays at Manchester Airport

He continued: “This is even more important for anyone traveling longer distances than they have been for several months. A breakdown is much less likely when a car’s oil and coolant levels, as well as tire pressure and tread depth are checked before driving.”

When it comes to fuel prices, motorists are also facing the most expensive Easter of all time. Government figures show the average cost of a liter of petrol on April 4 was 161.9p, with diesel at 176.0p.

Disruptions are also expected for other modes of transport. Airlines and airports are grappling with staff sickness and staff shortages as thousands of easyJet and British Airways flights have been canceled in recent weeks.

Manchester Airport warns passengers of waiting times of up to 90 minutes. Train travelers are likely to be affected by delays as Network Rail undertakes 530 engineering projects costing a total of £83million.

The West Coast Main Line will be closed over Easter for upgrades between London Euston and Milton Keynes – sparking an outcry from supporters after the FA insisted the Liverpool v Manchester City game be played at Wembley rather than the North. Congestion is likely to remain on the roads in Kent due to a lack of crossings across the English Channel caused by P&O Ferries ceasing operations after nearly 800 workers were laid off. It hopes to resume services this week pending regulatory approval.

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