Major incident looming as 27 million car journeys planned over Easter weekend

Brits hoping to go on holiday over the long Easter weekend are being warned to expect queues and delays on the roads as it's estimated around 27.6 million journeys will be taken during that period.

The four-day weekend, starting on Friday, April 15, and ending on Monday, April 18, also clashes with the Jewish holiday of Passover where families across the UK will be travelling to be together to celebrate too.

It is also the first time since 2019 that both festivals can be celebrated without Coronavirus restrictions coming into play, meaning even more Brits expected to make trips.

This has prompted one council in Dover to warn that it will declare a “major incident” if the travel chaos impacts on the area.

Dover District Council (DDC) leader Trevor Bartlett said: “We will be monitoring the situation closely throughout the weekend and I will not hesitate to authorise DDC officers to declare a major incident if we see signs of the sort of congestion witnessed last weekend.

“Declaring a major incident would force the issue and trigger a more robust response.”

AA spokesman Tony Rich said: “The Easter holidays look set to give British tourism a much-needed boost as people cut back on overseas travel.

“With more than 27.6 million trips planned over the Bank Holiday weekend, we can expect significant congestion across the UK as people flock to coastal resorts and holiday homes.”

The chaos could reach airports, as already short-staff airlines are expecting a huge surge in passengers looking to get out of the country.

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Civil Aviation Authority’s chief executive Richard Moriarty warned airlines this week of their obligations to passengers, and urged them not to cancel flights at short notice.

He wrote: “Where capacity is unavoidably restricted, we expect this co-operative planning to identify problems sufficiently in advance so as to allow pre-emptive cancellations.”

He also reminded airlines that they are “legally required” to tell passengers of their rights when flights are disrupted or cancelled.

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