NOTE: This content is old - Published: Friday, Aug 23rd, 2013.
The AA suggest that up to 45 per cent of its members will likely drive this August bank holiday weekend, averaging 50-60 miles a day.This equates to around 16 million drivers on the roads on what will be a packed weekend of leisure and sporting events, the AA say.
Day trips are most popular with AA members and coast/seaside meaning the A55 is likely to see very heavy traffic during the course of the weekend,Trafficmaster expects congestion on holiday routes from mid-afternoon on Friday.
Tony Rich, AA patrol of the year, says: “While the forecasted unsettled weather may help take the sting out of the traffic, the August bank holiday is still one of the busiest travel periods of the year. There’s also a packed schedule of sport, music and other events, which will generate localised congestion, particularly at finish time.”
Cheshire Police have given specific advice out to thousands of drivers making their way to Creamfields, Daresbury, this weekend they include:
- Follow the designated routes to get to the event – road closures will be in place
- Remember not to rely on your satellite navigation system – follow traffic signs to get to the site
- Use junction 11 or 12 of the M56
- Stick to the speed restrictions – there will be pedestrians in the area
Traffic delays are expected to start on the A55 Aston Hill as has often been the case on most Fridays during the summer.
Last week Cllr Sharps, who represents Northop Hall, described the current make-up of the A55 as “dangerous” and outdated.
“The A55 from Aston Hill upwards towards Anglesey is an absolute disgrace”, he said. “Every road junction is dangerous, every lay-by is dangerous.
“It’s needed an upgrade for over 20 years and still the Welsh Assembly are not doing anything about it. It’s comparable to the NHS in Wales – it’s second rate.
“All the junctions should be improved and the lay-bys upgraded, and it should be three lanes both ways. It would make the junctions a lot safer for a start and give people more time to accelerate out of them and the lay-bys.
“It’s the main artery from England and tourism for North Wales relies on it. A caravan had a puncture on Aston Hill last week and the whole of North Wales came to a standstill.
“A week never goes by without a major accident. I know some accidents can’t be helped but at least these changes would prevent a lot of them.”