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Motorists warned over Easter getaway traffic congestion

By Megan Archer | Transport | Published:

Drivers are being warned they could face severe queues this Easter weekend with more than 25 million car journeys expected on UK roads.

Will sights like these greet motorists this weekend?

Roadworks will be lifted across the country to help those holiday journeys go a little bit smoother – but sadly, none of them are in the West Midlands, Staffordshire or Shropshire.

That means drivers will still have to battle through the 30mph roadworks speed limit on the M5 in Oldbury – and navigate their way through other red-coned areas in the region.

Good Friday will be the busiest day with 4.4 million journeys causing major routes to be clogged between 11am and 4.30pm, RAC research suggests.

Highways England said it will remove more than 450 miles of roadworks in time for the Easter bank holiday, meaning 99 per cent of motorways and major A-roads in England will be clear of cones.

Highways England’s customer service director, Melanie Clarke, said: “We’re doing everything we can to make journeys as smooth as possible this Easter and that’s why we’re keeping around 99 per cent of the road network we manage, free from roadworks.

“Safety is our top priority and we know from experience that almost half of breakdowns can easily be avoided if motorists carry out simple vehicle checks before setting off over this period.”

Major routes including the M6 and M5 are expected to be busy

RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “This week we’re expecting a significant second wave of Easter getaway traffic, following that which we saw at the start of April when schools broke up.

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“This will mean the coming week and the bank holiday will likely be characterised by lengthy queues in some spots.

“Traffic jams are frustrating at the best of times and while we can predict where some of these will crop up, it only takes a single bump or breakdown for huge tailbacks to form.”

Mr Dennis urged motorists to carry out essential maintenance checks before embarking on journeys, such as tyre pressure and oil level.

Dan Croft, incident group operations manager at traffic data firm Inrix, said: “During peak hours over Easter, journeys could take UK drivers three times longer than usual.

“We are predicting Good Friday will be the worst for traffic.”

Rail passengers also face disruption over the bank holiday weekend as Network Rail carries out engineering work. London Euston - the fifth busiest station in the UK - will be closed between Good Friday and Easter Monday, affecting West Coast services.

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Chief Reporter with the Express & Star. Give me a call on 01902 319363 or email megan.archer@expressandstar.co.uk.

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