Mayday motorway madness occurred when travellers were faced with strained journeys as traffic ground to a halt along the motorway network and major A-roads this bank holiday weekend, with an estimated 14.5 million people hitting the roads.
These figures weren’t helped by the fact that a number of mainline London train stations were disrupted over the May Day bank holiday weekend. This left many people with no alternatives than to hit the road for their weekend getaways.
Chaos with traffic jams and lane closures
Three of the country’s largest motorways – the M6 in Birmingham, the M1 in Bedfordshire and M40 in Oxfordshire – were full of lane closures and speed restrictions which added to the already lengthy traffic jams. You’d have been lucky if you drove and weren’t hit by a reduced speed limit due to accidents or roadworks.
While some holidaymakers flocked to seaside resorts and towns, others opted to use the extra day off to visit friends and family. Where ever you may have travelled the last thing you would have been thinking of when you set off was the possibility of being in an accident.
Most of us wanted to take advantage of the extra day off and embarked on our journey after work on Friday evening. An estimated four million people did exactly that, which mixed with commuters meant the roads were even worse than normal.
Monday wasn’t much better with people heading home after their long weekend. With so many people hitting the roads at the same time, hold ups, traffic jams and accidents were almost inevitable.
Sunshine was a distant memory
While the hope of wonderful summertime weather wasn’t quite kept, the longer hours of daylight and thought of an extra day off work was enough for most travellers.
After a remarkably sunny April, May got off to a cold and soggy start with showers and thunderstorms settling in over the bank holiday weekend across the country,
The wet, miserable weather which was seen all over meant conditions were even worse to drive in affecting stopping distances, grip on the road and steering.
With a larger number of vehicles on the road there was a larger chance of a potential accident taking place. While being involved in an accident during your bank holiday weekend would not have been part of your plan there is help out there.
If you were involved in an accident over bank holiday weekend we can help you move forward. Contact us on 0800 689 2636 to see if you’re eligible for compensation.
Date Published: May 5, 2015
Author: David Brown