Warm weather for Bank Holiday weekend getaway

Photo Neil Cross'Traffic tailbacks on the M55 into Preston
Photo Neil Cross'Traffic tailbacks on the M55 into Preston

Warmer weather is expected to make a welcome return this Bank Holiday weekend - but rain showers are still expected in Central Lancashire.

Those staying in the county can expect temperatures to reach a maximum of 20°C (68°F) over the weekend.

But the Met Office has predicted today will be cloudy and there will be light rain tomorrow, ahead of sunny intervals on Sunday and Monday.

The Highways Agency said it would be helping holidaymakers by keeping traffic moving.

It said around 328 miles of roadworks would be completed before the weekend and 151 miles suspended between today and Tuesday, providing extra lane capacity for traffic.

This includes one mile of works, involving the replacement of safety fencing and the renewal of lighting columns, near Junction 1 of the M55 near Preston, which has been finished ahead of schedule.

Resurfacing work along a 1.8-mile stretch of the motorway between Junctions 3 and 4 has also been completed.

And 2.4 miles of barrier renewal works have been brought to a close between Junctions 31 and 33 of the M6 at Galgate, near Lancaster.

Simon Sheldon-Wilson, the agency’s director of traffic management, said: “More than 98 per cent of motorways and major A-roads in England will be clear of roadworks.

“This will be a great help to people travelling during the holiday – more lanes will be open and many speed restrictions will also be lifted.”

Friday evening and Monday afternoon are expected to be the busiest periods on the roads over the weekend.

To check road conditions before you travel visit www.highways.gov.uk or www.highways.gov.uk/twitter.

Rail disruption in the region should be limited, but on Monday the 11.13pm Blackpool North to Manchester Victoria service will not call at local stations, and a replacement bus will run from Preston to Manchester.