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Thousands of Britons are set to leave abroad for Easter

The Association of British Travel Agents reported a strong demand for last-minute overseas holidays with over 600,000 people due to leave from Heathrow airport and about 214,000 from Gatwick.

The main reason seems to be the weather and low temperatures. Mark Tanzer, chief executive of Abta, said: "After two wet summers and no end in sight to the winter, many Brits are desperate for some sunshine.”

Those who prefer to travel by train in the Easter period will face some engineering works, including major work at Reading, in Berkshire, and also work on the West Coast Main Line in the West Midlands. Also, a strike at French ports which was expected to severely disrupted cross-Channel ferry services over Easter has been called off.

About 6% of the adult population was planning trips in the UK, trips that were likely to bring about £600m for the country’s economy. But the last minute cancelations and overseas booking chanced the whole situation.

The road works were suspended for the given period to avoid the traffic jams, but the AA said that the roads won’t be so busy because of the weather and if people aren’t leaving abroad they will spend their Easter at home.