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Traffic Hotspots For The Easter Weekend

Here’s where you’re best avoiding on the Easter weekend…

Everyone is up to something over the Easter weekend, which is a bit of a problem. Let’s face it, our roads are congested enough at the best of times, but when the kids are off school for a 4 day weekend, and a lot of us get an extra couple of days off work too, then it’s a recipe for disaster.

A bit of prior planning may just save your weekend though - fancy taking the scenic route? The Highways agency have announced that they will lift 208 roadwork projects over the Easter weekend, equalling over 450 miles of freed-up tarmac - which is nice of them, but it’s damage limitation more than anything…

Using this helpful little tool: http://www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information/ we can see what projects are continuing over the weekend, and even order them in terms of severity. 

Right, so here’s the bad bit, the 10 most severe closures and roadworks as ranked by the Highways agency… brace yourselves:

  • The M54 eastbound between junction J1 and the M6
  • The M3 westbound between junctions J1 and J2
  • The M1 southbound entry slip at junction J25
  • The A14 eastbound entry slip at junction J4 
  • The M1 southbound at junction J19
  • The M1 northbound entry slip at junction J20
  • The M6 northbound at junction J7
  • The M62 eastbound between junctions J32 and J34
  • The M1 southbound between junctions J22 and J20
  • The M3 eastbound between junctions J4A and J2

That might just be the tip of the iceberg, though. For example, if you’re travelling up or down the m6, the ironically-named SMART motorway project that began back in December 2015 is likely to have no workers operating over the bank holiday weekend - which is irrelevant. This won’t save anyone any time, because you’re still going to be driving on the improvised narrow lanes at an average speed of 50mph… 

RAC Spokesman, Simon Williams advised: “The advice has to be to head off as early as possible to beat other travellers and to expect heavy traffic and jams on major routes.”

The RAC, using data sourced from TrafficMaster, have also anticipated some areas where traffic is going to be particularly rough, sorted by region…

South and South East

  • M25 – especially junctions 20, 21, 16, and 15
  • M4 westbound from London
  • M3/M27 interchange area (M3 junctions 10 -14 and M27 junctions 3 – 5)

West

  • M5 southbound from Bristol

East

  • A1 and A1M northbound - junctions 3, 4 and 7
  • M11 – especially around junctions 7, 8, 13 and 14
  • A14 east and westbound especially around Cambridge and Huntingdon

Midlands

  • M1 around junctions 21 to 26
  • M6 – especially around junctions 4, 11 and 12 
  • M42 in both directions
  • M6 north of Birmingham - Toll road should alleviate some of the problems, however, it will be heavily used by motorists trying to avoid traffic on the M6 and bottlenecks appear where the M6 and M6 toll merge

North

  • Motorways around Manchester
  • M62 both directions around Leeds

Our advice: plan your journeys early, set off early, avoid the above hotspots where possible, and always consider the scenic route...