A news item from Friday came to our attention.
The Highways Agency has issued advice to motorists using the M5 today, as long delays form due to bank holiday traffic. By lunchtime, several parts of the main route in and out of the South West were at standstill, after a number of minor incidents.
The traffic is likely to get worse later this afternoon and evening, when thousands of holiday makers clock-off work and head west for the Bank Holiday Weekend.
And the problems could be exacerbated by the weather, if the ‘yellow’ storm warning of heavy rain and thunderstorms in place for all of Devon and Cornwall arrives early.
At 13.28 today, Highways England issued a warning to motorists – and advised them to allow plenty of extra journey time. “Long delays are being measured on the M5 southbound between Stroud and Weston-Super-Mare,” read the Highways England statement. “This is due to an increase in road users as people head to the south west for a bank holiday break. “A number of minor incidents have also been reported, which will add to the delays in the area. “Please allow plenty of extra journey time if travelling through the area this afternoon.”
But what do we expect? The population is rising, there are more cars on the road and Cornwall continues to promote itself as a holiday destination. As for alternative modes of travel?