Holiday goers have been urged to plan their holiday well over the Easter break as more than 20 million cars on the UK’s roads are expected, with traffic forecasts for Thursday (April 13) and Easter Monday showing a 20% increase in the average number of cars being driven, according to Inrix.
Inrix said the worst times to travel will be:
Thursday, between 4pm and 6pm
Friday between 10am and 2 pm
Monday between 12pm and 5pm
Easter Sunday is expected to be the quietest day on the roads with 25 per cent fewer vehicles compared with an average Sunday.
A number of rail services will be disrupted as Network Rail carries out more than 200 engineering projects.
Trains to London, Manchester, Bath, Edinburgh and Glasgow are among those affected.
The worst affected roads will be major motorways, with some journeys taking as much as three times longer than normal. Drivers between Junctions 9 and 21 on the M25 should expect delays of up to 90 minutes, extending a typical 40-minute journey to more than two hours.
Some of 868,000 people are due to travel through Heathrow Airport between Good Friday and Easter Monday, including an extra 200,000 families compared with a typical Friday to Monday period.
Motorists heading in both directions on the M6 and southbound on the M5 towards the West Country should also prepare for hold-ups of almost an hour.
“With UK drivers spending an average of 30 hours in congestion last year, motorists are no stranger to sitting in traffic,” said Graham Cookson, chief economist and head of research at Inrix.
“We expect significant delays over the Easter period due to a combination of factors, including the regular post-work peak, the start of the school break, people travelling on holiday, railway engineering works and tube closures.
“Our advice to drivers is to consider alternative routes or avoid peak times altogether. By checking live traffic data drivers can ensure they reach their destinations in good time.”
Highways England aid it has lifted more than 300 miles of roadworks ahead of the Easter getaway, meaning almost 98% of motorways and major A roads will be fully open.