Enjoy the break – with a brolly!

Thousands of Lancashire day-trippers will be heading to tourism hotspots and events this weekend as the final Bank Holiday of the summer takes place.

Friday, 22nd August 2014, 8:37 am
Draw: The Great Eccleston Tractor Pull

While some are taking to the air to travel to Mediterranean hotspots, anyone getting the car out in the UK will have to compete for road space with an estimated nine million other vehicles.

The domestic weather seems unsettled – with the best forecast coming for coastal areas. Temperatures are not expected to get higher than 16 or 17 degrees in Lancashire, with heavy showers forecast, particularly for Monday.

The Great Eccleston Tractor pulling championships take place tomorrow and Sunday, as does the Colne Rhythm and Blues Festival at the Municpal Hall.

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Anna Izza of Marketing Lancashire said: “We’re optimisitic that the Bank Holiday will be another real boost to Lancashire tourism especially as we have an amazing choice of events on offer.

“World renowned festivals such as Colne’s Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Great British Food Festival at Stonyhurst and Ormskirk Motorfest bring in tens of thousands of visitors, from all over the UK and beyond.”

Roadworks on the M6 near Preston are continuing, with a 50mph northbound speed restriction in place.

The area around the junction 32 Broughton interchange is the site of regular delays, expected to build up significantly this weekend.

An estimated 172,000 travellers are expected to jet out from Manchester Airport.

Meanwhile, rail travellers should note that the West Coast main line will be closed yet again for another weekend of upgrade work at Watford.

The closure will affect passengers from the north west who plan to travel to London along the West Coast main line and means alternative routes will have to be used to travel in and out of London.

Disruption continues on the rail link passing through Chorley, with a replacement bus service and diversions and some routes.