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Record numbers of Brits are expected to take to the roads this festive season as Covid travel restrictions are likely to be a lot less strict than this year. Millions are expected to flock to see loved ones over the holiday. To avoid travel misery here’s a list of the major road closures over the festive season.

The RAC has forecast this Christmas could see some of the heaviest traffic ever as Brits flock to see their loved ones. 

Up to 27 millions trips by car to see friends and family has been estimated between December 17 and Christmas Eve, according to a study by the RAC and INRIX. 

A staggering 5.3 million journeys are expected to take place on Christmas Eve alone, so its best to avoid “Frantic Festive Friday” if at all possible. 

With such heavy traffic forecast for UK roads its important to keep up to date with the latest road closures to avoid hefty queues and long detours. 

Planned roadworks over the festive period 

Disruption is expected on the following roads during the day because of roadworks and temporary road closures over festive period: 

The M1 southbound between junctions J35 and J34, from December 21 to December 24.

The M4 westbound between junctions J19 and J20, from December 21 to December 24.

The M5 southbound between junctions J10 and J11, from December 21 to December 24.

The M6 southbound between junctions J18, J17 and J16, from December 23 to 6am on December 24. 

The M6 southbound between junctions J42 and J41 and J39 and J38 on December 23 to December 24, with further disruption expected on December 25 between junctions J39 and J38.

The M6 northbound between junctions J32 and J33, from 9pm on December 26 to 5am on December 27.

The M40 southbound between junctions J12 and J11, expect disruption everyday between December 24 to December 28.

The M42 southbound between junctions J3 and J2 on December 23. 

The M42 northbound between junctions J9 and J10, from 9pm on December 24 to December 31.

The list above doesn’t include roadworks planned overnight, but for those looking to travel on the M25 from December 23 to December 25 there will be roadworks between 10pm to 5am. 

Are roads likely to be closed because of snow? 

The Met Office hasn’t issued any weather warnings over the festive period. 

For most parts of the UK snow or severe frost hasn’t been forecast this week so it’s highly unlikely roads will be closed due to bad weather. 

Between December 25 to January 3 there is a risk of snow predominantly across higher ground but this shouldn’t impact major roads.

Which roads will be busiest over the festive season? 

Road closures won’t be the only problem motorists have to deal with as increased traffic in the run up to Christmas will cause long queues on certain popular roads. 

INRIX data reveals the single worst queue before Christmas is expected on the M25 between the junction for Gatwick Airport and the junction for the M40 on Thursday December 23 in the afternoon.

On Friday December 24 the A303 West Solstice Park to A35 will see some very heavy traffic. 

Some lengthy jams with delays of more than 45 minutes on the clockwise M25 between Gatwick and the M40 on Boxing Day and of 80 minutes have been forecast on same stretch the following day.

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