Record numbers of people expected to get away for Christmas
The great Christmas get away is something that most of us try to avoid in the week before the 25th, but this year could be worse than most.
Experts expect airports, roads and rail networks to feel the extra strain in the coming week as record numbers of travelling Britains make journeys across countries or get away on holiday.
Improvement works are expected to take place over the festive period, which will only hinder people’s attempts of travel with delays, alterations to journeys and weather which is expected to dampen any Christmas spirit, with heavy winds and dips in temperature.
National Express have stated a record demand for its coaches this Christmas, due to rail disruption and improvement works. As a result, the company has added tens of thousands of seats to available services over the Christmas period. Bookings are also up by a staggering 40%.Airports like Heathrow and Gatwick have also said they are expecting their busiest ever festive period, with Gatwick stating over 1.7 million people will pass through their runways between the 19th December and the 5th January. Over four million Brits are expected to travel abroad this Christmas and New Year, to top winter destinations like Tunisia, Dubai, Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona.
National Express UK Coach Managing Director Tom Stables stated: “With rail engineering works bringing the threat of delays and replacement buses this Christmas, it’s no wonder we’ve seen record bookings on our coach network. This year we have doubled the number of services running on Christmas Day, have added tens of thousands of extra seats on our services, and stand ready to add more seats if required, to make sure there is affordable travel available for as many as possible this Christmas.”