Exact time to travel TODAY to miss the chaotic Christmas Eve with stranded passengers and long queues at the airport

THIS is the best time to travel today to avoid the Christmas Eve chaos on the roads.

Research from the RAC and data firm INRIX predicts Christmas Eve will be a “crazy festive Friday”.

Christmas queue on the M25 in Surrey today


Christmas queue on the M25 in Surrey today

Millions of Britons are scrambling to get home for Christmas with train delays and cancellations, long queues at airports and devastating traffic.

It is thought that around 5.3 million car journeys will be made on 24 December alone, although these numbers have been thrown into uncertainty due to Omicron sabotage of Christmas plans. by Brit.

AA estimates there will be a total of 17.8 million cars on UK roads today, as drivers make Christmas Eve entertainment and last minute gift-shopping trips. .

According to the RAC analysis, the main roads will be busiest between 11am and 2pm.

The RAC recommends that anyone traveling by car do so after 6 p.m., as it is Best time to avoid Christmas queues and big delays.

And from A303 West Solstice Park to A36 is likely to be the hardest hit midday.

RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “We still expect a lot of long-distance travel before Christmas but overall traffic – and therefore congestion – is likely to be lower than usual.

“There are three reasons for this – daily commuting traffic has dropped quite a bit in recent days, working from home is once again the norm for many people and most schools in the UK and abroad. Wales broke up a week ago meaning the driver was able to rock their journey.

“The increase in the number of people quarantined due to the Omicron Covid vaccine will also play a role, and again could mean that there will be fewer cars on the road during the festive period than we expected. in any ‘normal’ year. ”

And The AA spokesman Tony Rich said the situation on the roads is expected to be “anywhere between a normal weekend and your normal Christmas”.

Jack Cousens, AA’s head of road policy told The Sun: “The effects of Omicron are being felt right now, so our crash stats are reasonably low as people decide. plan to cancel events and not travel.

“That said, Thursdays and Fridays can be busy as people decide to see other people’s families for less time – two to three days versus a week or so.”

Meanwhile, train disruptions have caused travel chaos because thousands of Britons are CAREFUL after major cancellations.

CrossCountry warned that it would be running a “very limited service” today and into New Year’s Eve due to strikes by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union.

The company will not operate any trains on Friday between Aberdeen and Edinburgh; Glasgow Central and Edinburgh; Derby and Nottingham; Leicester and Stansted Airports; Cheltenham Spa and Cardiff Central; Newton Abbot and Paignton; or Plymouth and Penzance.

RMT said a strike by members who are training managers and senior commanders at CrossCountry is being “firmly supported at all depots”.

A limited service applies between Edinburgh and Plymouth; Manchester Piccadilly and Bournemouth; and Birmingham New Street and Leicester.

Hundreds of trains have also been canceled across the UK due to staff shortages related to the pandemic.

Heathrow Airport will be cut off from the rail and underground networks on Christmas Day and Gifting Day as part of the London Transport and Railway Network.

Train cancellations have caused major travel disruption


Train cancellations have caused major travel disruption Exact time to travel TODAY to miss the chaotic Christmas Eve with stranded passengers and long queues at the airport

Caroline Bleakley

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