Bank Holiday travel chaos with hour-long Leeds Festival queues as 18.4million cars hit the road in 'perfect storm'

BRITS are being hit with the "perfect storm" of travel chaos as drivers face hour-long tailbacks out of Leeds Festival today.

The mass exodus of festival-goers from the Yorkshire campsite – combined with the 18.4 million cars expected on roads this Bank Holiday – has left traffic gridlocked for miles across Leeds.

And the return of international travel restrictions and scepticism about the safety of public transport is only adding to the carnage, the AA has warned.

The number of cars on the road is set to increase by 37 per cent on last year's August Bank Holiday weekend total, the motoring association said.

Friday evening saw "bumper-to-bumper" traffic on many of the country's motorways – including the M1, M5, M6, M25 and M56 – as holidaymakers left on their getaways.

And its likely to continue today as people return home for work, the AA said.

An AA spokesperson told how festivals, domestic holidays and aversion to public transport have "created the perfect storm, for want of a better term, for congestion".

Heavy traffic is expected around both Leeds and Reading after the much-anticipated August bank holiday festivals, with the majority of revellers unlikely to use public transport.

Routes touted for congestion are classic hotspots like the M25, M5 and A303.

But the AA stressed that many holidaymakers have driven to destinations within 50 miles of their home.

The organisation said places like Cornwall, Norfolk and the Kent coast could experience localised gridlock as tourists return home.

Non-league football fixtures on Monday could also spell delays on the roads.

Edmund King, the AA's president, said: "There are likely to be big delays on the roads where holiday traffic mixes with sporting or shopping day trippers.

"Covid's disruption to people's lives is still noticeable in the 10 per cent fewer long-distance trippers this August.

"The drop in longer trips might be due to the difficulty in booking accommodation away from home due to more families taking their holidays in the UK."

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