Nearly a fifth of Brits (19%) are to take a break in the UK this Bank Holiday weekend with more than 5.5 million passengers expected on the train network, figures revealed today. According to VisitEngland’s Bank Holiday Trip Tracker, 9.4 million Brits will holiday in the UK this weekend, which is slightly lower than last year’s statistics. “We know that over half the population plan to take more breaks at home than they did in the past, however this year we have seen clear indications from the industry that people are tightening their belts,” said James Berresford, chief executive of VisitEngland. Meanwhile despite engineering works across the UK rail network, the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) has said that 95% of services will run and 5.5 million people are expected to travel by train this weekend. However, Thomson and First Choice has fought back against claims that domestic travel has become a favourite with Brits, citing the weather as a key decision factor. “As yet another August is blighted by heavy rain across the UK, a lot of Brits are still looking to go overseas for their main summer holiday. In fact this summer we have taken more customers on holiday with us, than in 2010 or 2009,” said TUI’s Christian Cull. He said the company had seen strong demand in its Sensatori Resorts and Holiday Villages resorts and that the all-inclusive concept has continued to sell well.