Bank holiday weather: Lower temperatures plus heavy traffic and rail disruption

23 May 2019, 12:06 | Updated: 23 May 2019, 13:27

Millions of people are expected to clog the country's roads this bank holiday weekend, with the weather set to turn cooler over the three-day break.

Saturday is expected to be the busiest, according to an RAC survey, with 6.6 million trips expected.

Across the whole weekend, it is thought that around 22 million journeys will be made on the roads - eight million more than the same weekend last year.

Highways England has promised to remove more than 700 miles of roadworks to make journeys easier, leaving 97% of England's motorways and major A-roads free of cones.

Disruption is expected on the train network, with a number of engineering projects planned.

Major work will be done on the West Coast Main Line, affecting trains between London Euston and Cumbria.

The route is Europe's busiest mixed-use train line, shared by passenger and freight trains, but Martin Frobisher, managing director of Network Rail's London North Western route, insisted the holiday weekend was the "least disruptive time" to do the work.

Other bank holiday engineering works include track replacement between Farringdon and West Hampstead in London, causing diversion of Thameslink services.

Also, buses will replace trains between Wickford and Southend Victoria in Essex due to an overhead wiring upgrade.

Meanwhile, the weather is likely to be an anti-climax after the sunshine seen during the recent Easter holidays.

Sky News weather presenter Kirsty McCabe said Friday would see scattered showers for Ireland, Wales and southwest England, with light rain in the for northeast of Scotland.

She added: "The weather will turn cloudier over the weekend but Saturday will be largely fine, dry and warm.

"Outbreaks of rain will move southeast on Sunday, clearing to cooler, showery conditions for bank holiday Monday."

RAC patrol of the year Ben Aldous said: "When warmer weather coincides with traffic jams, it's particularly important that every driver is confident their car can keep its cool to avoid a breakdown.

"So we strongly recommend lifting the bonnet to check the coolant is at the right level, and if it's not, to either top up or visit a good local garage to get it checked out."