Travellers making a last minute dash to get away for Christmas from Birmingham appear to have been spared the worst of the recent winter weather.
Roads, rail and airports have made a recovery from the Arctic conditions that left them struggling to cope and will be running as normal today (Thursday).
But transport bosses have warned that it will be one of the busiest days and warned festive travellers to expect inevitable overcrowding and traffic jams at peak times.
Some eight million motorists are expected to hit the roads in the Midlands to visit family and thousands more will be making late Christmas shopping trips.
Motorways around Birmingham will be some of the busiest in the country, predicted the AA, and drivers were warned to be wary of ice with temperatures set to plummet as low as minus five degrees in Birmingham.
The worst traffic was likely to be around the junction of the M6 and M5 motorways and the M6 north of Walsall.
“We are building up for a problematic day on the roads,” said Paul Watters from the organisation.
“With a third of drivers looking to travel more than 100 miles, it really would pay for people to keep abreast of the weather and travel reports, be flexible and adapt their travel plans accordingly.”
Rail passengers have been warned that some services are likely to be packed at peak times.
Virgin said advance ticket sales were up 25 per cent on last Christmas Eve but the firm was operating a full timetable.
“It looks like it will be very busy but we are operating a full timetable which should help us to cope with demand,” said a spokesman.
Chiltern Railways said services between Birmingham and London were likely to be cut to once an hour.
Birmingham Airport stood up to the test of the snow last weekend better than most..
The airport’s head of PR Justine Hunt said: “We are back to normal and operating with very few cancellations or delays.
“Where they are happening, it is because of problems down the line because there has been a huge amount of snow causing problems elsewhere in Europe.
“A lot of the pressure that we faced was a result of accepting flight from other airports.”