Improved connectivity – we’re on the road to somewhere

Monday 1 December 2014

The government has today announced their plans to spend £15billion increasing capacity and improving Britain's roads. The plans include improvements to connections around Heathrow and Gatwick airports and Dover and Southampton ports.

Improved connectivity – we’re on the road to somewhere

Commenting on the announcement, Saga Travel's Louis Myers said:

"We are delighted to see the government has set a strategy to help improve connections to the UK's major airports and ports. 

As 41%* of people drive themselves to the airport or port and a further 18% are driven by friends or family, sitting in traffic jams to reach your international departure and arrival point can be a stressful start and end to any holiday.  This proposal is only going to benefit travellers of all ages.  The planned improvements will also be a huge benefit to the eventual airport expansion plans allowing people to travel, with greater ease, to their UK departure and arrival airport.

For our cruise customers, improvements into both Dover and Southampton will also provide much needed relief to the busy roads into the UK's busiest shipping and cruise ports.

But – travellers who choose to drive should also be mindful that any traffic delays which result in missed departure could mean you are not covered by your insurance policy – unless you are travelling by scheduled, public transport.  When the works commence, you should plan to leave home in plenty of time to avoid missing your flight or ship."


* Populus interviewed 10,716 adults, all aged 50+, online between 14th and 21st March 2014. Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules; for more information see

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