Travel chaos predicted for Frantic Friday with 18 million cars expected on roads

Millions getting away at Christmas may go nowhere fast due to a perfect storm of travel mayhem and bad weather ./

Cancelled and delayed trains will mean more traffic jams and disruption to air travel, with Friday predicted to be especially bad.

Storms and flooding caused by heavy ­rainfall could make the misery even worse.

Extensive festive rail works are likely to disrupt six of Britain’s seven main lines and quadruple the length of some trips.

Those driving instead, combined with schools breaking up, mean 18 million cars are expected to hit the roads on “Frantic Friday”.


  • Christmas rail passengers to pay double for services taking up to THREE TIMES longer

  • Double misery for Christmas shoppers hit by weekend rail strikes and engineering works

Those flying out of Britain face problems getting to the airport, with some Heathrow Express trains scrapped and the Gatwick Express cut by half.

Ian Baldry, of travel consultants IBPTS, said: “It looks more like 12 days of chaos than 12 days of Christmas. There’s a potent cocktail of travel disruption.”

The longest jams are likely to be on the M1 North, the M25 and the M40 in Warwickshire and Oxfordshire from 4 to 7pm on Friday.

Some 2,000 roadworks are expected to clog up Britain’s roads.

The Met Office is warning of one of the wettest Christmases in years.

Rail chiefs have promised 1,000 more weekly services from today.

They are keen to avoid a repeat of the chaos in 2018 when timetable changes crippled parts of the North and the South East.

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