Congestion is expected to peak on Good Friday between 11am and 4.30pm, with 4.4 million vehicles hitting the roads, according to figures form the RAC. Around 15 million car journeys are expected to take place this week in the run up to Good Friday, and a further 12 million people will get behind the wheel over the long weekend. The longest delays are expected to be on the M62 westbound between Leeds and Manchester, with drivers warned they should add an extra hour onto their journey time on Friday afternoon.
Tailbacks are also anticipated on the M5 southbound, passing west of Bristol, as Britons use the popular holiday route towards Devon and Cornwall.
And those travelling on the M25 anticlockwise from Bromley through the Dartford Tunnel to the A13 are advised to expect delays of up to half an hour on Good Friday.
On Maundy Thursday or Ascension Day people using the M6 northbound between Preston and Lancaster are told to factor in an extra 40 minutes to their travelling time.
Also on Thursday, cars on the M1 northbound from Leicester to Sheffield will face delays of up to 50 minutes.
RAC Traffic Watch 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.
“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 advised drivers to check their tyres, oil and coolant levels and make sure they have a full tank of fuel before they set out on their journey, to avoid breakdowns and delays.
On Saturday, delays of up to 45 minutes will hit the M25 clockwise between J20 and J28 after 12.45pm while the following day the same route between J8 and J16 will see traffic held back for an extra 45 minutes at around midday.
The M25 anticlockwise between J20 and J11 will also experience delays of up to 42 minutes after 12pm on Easter Sunday.
Easter Monday will bring widespread congestion to British roads, with drivers warned to expect their journey on the M25 clockwise from J8 to J16 will take an extra hour in the afternoon.
Delays of up 45 minutes are also expected in the West Midlands on the M6 southbound between J20 and J16 on Monday evening.
Highways England said it would remove 459 miles of roadworks between Holy Thursday and Tuesday 23 to avoid any unnecessary delays.
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