Bank Holiday traffic chaos: Millions of cars hit the road ALREADY as worst time to set off on long weekend hol revealed | The Sun

MILLIONS of drivers are already on the roads and thousands at UK airports today as Britain faces Bank Holiday travel chaos.

Over 2.8 million cars will swarm the nation's tarmac network on Friday – with long queues forming at key choke points.

And thousands of weary travellers were pictured in vast queues at Manchester and Bristol Airport check-ins as they made an early morning Bank Holiday dash.

The RAC say travel delays will begin as early as midday as holidaymakers scramble to favourites Wales, Scotland, the West Country and East Anglia.

Delays of up to 55 minutes are expected from 1pm today on the M1 Northbound between junction 12 and 16.

While queues of 34 minutes will grip the M25 anticlockwise between junctions four as well as the M4 East between junctions 29 to 24, also from 1pm.

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Key motorways and arterial routes may also become more congested as a further 4.2 million Brits still haven't decided which day they'll be travelling on.

Pictures from Friday morning show gridlock at the Port of Dover as thousands of motorists scrum to make ferries.

Long delays are expected to continue at the Kent maritime terminus through Friday, with port authorities urging holidaymakers to plan ahead.

Despite Friday's chaos, the RAC predict Saturday will be the busiest day for traffic, with over three million journeys being made.

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Journey times are likely to go from bad to worse as train strikes on Saturday are set to bring the rail network to a standstill, forcing millions onto roads.

Sunday, will see around 2.3 million drivers get behind the wheel while Monday is set to be the calmest, with just under two million cars on the roads.

In total, over 14 million leisure trips will be taken between Friday and Monday – a whopping 2 million more than last year.

Strikes by the RMT union on Saturday will see 22 train operators running reduced services – with major UK airport links being disrupted.

Planned works by National Rail this weekend will also impact journey times.

Thousands were seen trying to board trains at Kings Cross in London on Friday ahead of a torrid four days of travel disruption.

It comes as travellers will be drenched by a large band of rain arriving off the Atlantic Ocean today.

The south west and north west, Wales and Northern Ireland will be the worst hit with showers while northern and southern areas of Scotland will see heavy downpours.

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Friday will be a cooler and fresher day, with highs of 21C in London, 18C in Newcastle, 17C in Cardiff and 16C in Aberdeen.

Through this evening and overnight, showers will become confined to northern and western coasts with yet more showers across northern areas of Scotland.

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