Holiday Travelers Face Serious Delays and Disruptions |  Transportation

Holiday Travelers Face Serious Delays and Disruptions | Transportation

Holiday Travelers Face Serious Delays and Disruptions |  Transportation

Travelers hoping to get away for the bank holiday weekend by road, rail and air are urged to adjust their travel plans or “be patient” in anticipation of traffic jams, train disruptions and traffic jams. airline seat cancellations.

According to aviation data from Cirium, around 290,000 seats have been cut from August bank holiday flight schedules in recent weeks. Outbound flights for the coming weekend are 21% below 2019 levels, and around 900 inbound flights between Friday and Tuesday have been cancelled.

Paul Charles, managing director of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said: “Our aviation sector is expected to experience strong growth on one of the busiest weekends of the year, and not be held back by staff shortages and poor planning of airports and ground contractors.”

Labor disputes, staff shortages following Brexit and rising inflation have weakened the aviation sector, leading to severe delays and increases in airfares. Airlines across the sector have been forced to introduce caps on operations at Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

In July, British Airways cut nearly 380 departures. EasyJet cut nearly 90 one-way flights and Flybe cut more than 130.

“It’s amazing to see over a quarter of a million seats removed from flight schedules, at a time when flight demand remains high,” Charles told PA Media. “There are planes ready for use but not enough personnel to prepare them and take off.”

Similar disruptions are expected on the country’s roads and railways. Breakdown company RAC predicted that more than 12.5 million journeys would be made by holidaymakers between Friday and Monday, with Friday 2pm to 7pm probably being the busiest time.

“We expect busy roads to continue throughout this bank holiday weekend, particularly to major holiday destinations, with people keen to take advantage of some time before the start of new terms. schools in England and Wales,” RAC spokesman Rod Dennis told PA Media.

“The South East and South West of England look set to bear the brunt of traffic, with a clear message for drivers passing through these areas: leave early in the morning or be prepared to sit in traffic. “

According to traffic information provider Inrix, two areas facing potential backlogs include the M25 between Bromley and Dartford Crossing, and the M60 between Junction 7 for the A56 (Altrincham) and Junction 18 for the M62.

Inrix analyst Bob Pishue said: “Drivers planning to get away will find themselves competing with commuters and vacationers for road space.” He advised drivers to adjust their timing or “be patient”.

While 95% of National Rail’s routes will remain open, some routes will be affected as the company carries out upgrades worth £90million.

Engineering work will be carried out along the West Coast Line at various sites including London Euston, Milton Keynes and Northampton. No trains will run to and from London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street on Saturdays or Sundays, or to London Charing Cross on Bank Holiday Mondays.

No trains will run between Finsbury Park and Moorgate in London over the bank holiday weekend.

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