The Great Escape: UK plans Easter breaks

Many are planning to spend their Easter break abroad, in places like Spain.

Around 1.6 million Brits are set to leave the UK for the Easter weekend.


Unfortunately for those left behind, there’s the promise of packed roads, disrupted rail journeys and rain in the UK.

According to UK travel organisation Abta, foreign hotspots this Easter include Spain, Turkey, Tunisia and Florida. Top city destinations are Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, Rome and New York.

Over this coming weekend, 370,000 passengers are set to leave from Heathrow airport, 200,000 from Gatwick, 120,000 from Stansted and 60,000 from Luton.

Thousands are planning to take a ferry to the continent, while Channel Tunnel high-speed train company Eurostar is ready to carry more than 130,000 passengers over the holiday weekend – a 15% on Easter 2013 figures.

On less sunny shores, those staying in Britain for the break are being warned to expect showers on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

Another dampener is the fact that Network Rail is carrying out engineering works which will see key routes across the UK disrupted.

The extensive work will hit services to and from a number of major stations, including London’s Charing Cross, London Bridge, Paddington and King’s Cross stations.

Other stations like Southampton Central and Sheffield will be affected over the weekend.

Transport in general could prove a bit of a problem, with as many as 16 million cars expected to be on the roads over the holiday.

Predictions are that this Easter’s busiest periods will be all day Thursday, between 10am and 3pm on Good Friday and between 10am and 4pm on Easter Monday, with congestions hotspots set to be in the south east and south west of the country.

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