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13 million vehicles to cramp UK's roads this weekend as Britons take off to enjoy school break

A passenger vehicle is seen traveling autonomously using Oxbotica software during a trial on public roads in Oxford, Britain, June 27, 2019. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 19, 2019, 06.54 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

With over a fortnight of school break kicking-off in Britain, massive traffic jams are expected with over 13 million cars taking to the roads this weekend. 

As per British media, with a 16-day-long school break commencing this weekend, five million cars alone were expected to cramp up Britain's roads on Friday as families head out for their holidays. 

As per a report published in the Daily Mail, this weekend will see 13 million cars on Britain's roads which is expected to cause an estimated 90 minute-long queuing up of automobiles in traffic jams. 

While an estimated five million vehicles are expected to hit the roads in Britain on Saturday, the situation is expected to ease off a bit on Sunday will 3 million cars on the roads. 

Not just this, collisions and breakdowns could worsen the traffic situation. 

Partial closure of some rail lines over the weekend and disruption owing to railways engineering work on some sections in and around London are also to blame for the rush on the roads this weekend.  

Not just the roads, the school break has also left the airports heaving with passengers as families set out to materialise their planned getaways. This summer is expected to be one of the busiest for the UK airspace on record with over 8,000 flights per day.

More and more people across Europe are planning getaways in the wake of summers getting too hot to handle this year. 

June 2019 was the hottest in 140 years, setting a global record, according to the latest monthly global climate report released on Thursday by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as the Hawaii and US Gulf of Mexico regions, experienced their hottest Junes on record.

Heat waves like the ones currently gripping the United States, Europe and elsewhere are likely to become more frequent said a report released this week by the Union of Concerned Scientists, news agency Reuters reported. 

(With inputs from Reuters) 

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With a 16-day-long school break commencing this weekend, five million cars alone were expected to cramp Britain's roads on Friday as families head out for their holidays.