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Ministers name A-roads worst hit by summer holiday exodus

A 12-mile stretch of the A458 won the unwanted accolade of being the most affected during the getaway.

England’s major A-roads that suffer from the biggest increases in traffic during the summer months have been identified.

Transport minister Jesse Norman named a 12-mile stretch of the A458 as being worst-hit by the annual getaway in the school holidays.

Some 23% more vehicles used the road during the six-week period from July 25 last year, compared with the same length of time from September 12.

The full length of the A458 connects the West Midlands with Mid Wales.

Summer holidays at Blackpool (Peter Byrne/PA)

A 117-mile section of the A30, which runs south-west from London to Cornwall, saw the second-largest increase in vehicles at 19%.

This was followed by Kent’s 14.5-mile A2070, used by motorists to reach Camber Sands and other destinations on the south coast, with a 16% rise.

Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity the RAC Foundation, said: “These routes will be known to millions of drivers who use them annually to get to the seaside or the countryside.

“But we sometimes forget that they are also key roads for local motorists who are going about their daily business rather than setting off on holiday. For visitors and residents alike, there is nothing worse than being stuck in traffic when they’d rather be anywhere but.

Roads are clogged up by those heading to the beaches (Anthony Devlin/PA)

“We hope that many of these routes will feature in the Government’s future investment programme so that whatever the purpose of people’s journey, the answer to the backseat question ‘are we there yet?’ will be ‘very nearly’.”

The figures were published by Mr Norman in a written response to a parliamentary question.

Drivers have been warned to expect delays this weekend as almost nine million vehicles embark on the start of the summer getaway.

The RAC predicted that a total of 37 million leisure trips will be made over the first two weeks of the school holidays.

The worst times to travel are anticipated to be Friday between 1pm and 8pm, Saturday between 11am and 4pm and Sunday between 11am and 4pm.

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