This coming Easter will be the first Easter celebrated without Covid-19 restrictions since the pandemic began, over 2 years ago. It is thought that over 27 million of us are planning car journeys across the country between Good Friday and Easter Monday, meaning that long delays are expected.
AA spokesman Tony Rich has said, “the Easter holidays look set to give British tourism a much-needed boost as people cut back on overseas travel”. “With more than 27.6 million trips planned over the Bank Holiday weekend, we can expect significant congestion across the UK as people flock to coastal resorts and holiday homes”, he continued.
In a survey of 14,000 drivers carried out by the AA, it was discovered that over 7.000 drivers were planning to use their cars to go on holiday here in the UK. Nearly 3.000 of those that participated in the survey also revealed that the cost-of-living crisis has stopped them from going abroad for their holidays this year.
The cost-of-living crisis has put financial pressure on British drivers this year thanks to increasing fuel prices. Last month, Chancellor Rishi Sunak addressed the rising fuel costs and announced a cut of 5p per litre on fuel in his Spring Statement. This has done little to help struggling families and has forced them to make financial decisions to help them through this ongoing crisis.
The problems are not only on the roads this Easter as airports up and down the UK have cancelled over 100 flights in the last few days, with airlines blaming Covid-19 for staff absences.
If you’re travelling on the roads this Easter, or making your way to the airport, it’s advised that you give yourself extra time to reach your destination and make the most of your Easter holiday.