Britain’s traffic black-spots to avoid this bank holiday revealed

Published: 28 August 2015

► Which roads to avoid this weekend
► And the jam-free routes named
► Research by Green Flag reveals all

It's that time of year again. August bank holiday weekend, the Brits' last scramble for some sunshine and a weekend away before schools start in early September. And it seems that some of us will suffer more traffic misery than others.

Breakdown specialist Green Flag has produced research revealing the country's busiest motorways, most scenic routes and best and worst times to travel over the long bank holiday. They reckon the best time of day to attempt your journey is 8pm, based on their traffic flow forecasts. The Green Flag don’t-even-bother-leaving-the-office-on-time worst slot is 5pm, so be smart and plan your journey a little later where possible.

Here's the full lowdown on the roads to avoid and seek out. And to make matters worse, Green Flag predicts that a car will break down every eight seconds this bank holiday weekend - that’s a total 30,774 occasions of steaming engines and colourful language roadside. You have been warned.

Most congested Least congested

1. M25 (England)

2. M6 (England & Scotland)

3. M1 (England)

4. M60 (England)

5. M5 (England)

1. M50 (England)

2. M45  (England)

3. M48 (England & Wales)

4. M181 (England)

5. M49 (England)

But don’t worry, its not all doom and gloom. Its 'research' also identifies the most and least scenic roads this bank holiday, and we’re in luck: none of the most scenic roads are found on the most congested list (hurrah!)

Most scenic Least scenic

1. A2 Portrush to Ballycastle (Northern Ireland)

2. A9 from Stirling to Inverness (Scotland) 

3. Newtonabbey to Cushendall (Northern Ireland)

4. A82 towards Glencoe (Scotland)

5. A1 past Gateshead, Tyne & Wear (England)

1. A1 Holloway Road, London (England)

2. The M6 along the Birmingham stretch (England)

3. M5 near Bristol (England)

4. M8 between Glasgow and Edinburgh (Scotland) 

5. A12 (England)