Christmas Eve drivers warmed to travel NOW before lunchtime travel chaos as half of all Brits hit the roads

Roads are expected to be clogged today as millions visit relatives or make last-gasp shop runs before the big day tomorrow.

Half of Britain’s drivers are due to be out on motorways and A-roads, according to the AA.

Commuter traffic will be reduced as many booked the day off work for an extended break.

But nearly a quarter of us will visit family and friends, while another 16 per cent go shopping.

RAC chiefs say roads will be at their worst between 11am and 1pm.

The busiest routes are expected to be the M1, M25, M5, M6 and M40.

Highways England has suspended more than 200 miles of roadworks.

But those using their car face a five-year petrol high of £1.21 per litre.

And travelling by train will not be any easier.

There are none tomorrow and only a limited service on Boxing Day.

Some of Network Rail’s 330 engineering projects have already begun.

London’s Victoria and Paddington stations and Liverpool Lime Street will be affected.

Airports will also be busy with nearly five million folk flying abroad from Heathrow and Gatwick over Christmas.

In addition to the threat of long queues, drivers are also being hit with Christmas getaway fuel costs at a five-year high.

UK forecourts are charging motorists an average of £1.21 per litre for petrol and £1.31 per litre for diesel, according to Government data.
The last time prices were this high in the run-up to Christmas was 2013.
RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: "Drivers filling up for their Christmas journeys will be right to exclaim 'bah humbug' to the retailers this year as it's much costlier than last year."

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