M5 Easter Monday traffic live: Delays due to ‘holiday traffic’

Karen

Delays are building on the M5 and M4 as the Easter Monday rush gains momentum.

Millions of cars are expected to hit UK roads this afternoon bringing travel disruption to the Easter weekend.Holidaymakers have been warned to expect delays and have been urged to plan ahead with the M5, the main arterial route in and out of the Westcountry, expected to more face delays congestion (Monday, April 18).

Already this afternoon there is stop start traffic down much of the M5, with delays of 90 minutes being reported.

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A crash near Exeter’s junction 29 has been causing delays, while stop-start holiday traffic is reported in Somerset. A crash involving a caravan also closed a lane on the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge, westbound but that has now reopened.

Reports from the Daily Mail claim the AA expects 14 million cars will hit the roads this afternoon, with an estimated 47 million trips being made between Good Friday and Easter Monday.

The busiest day on the roads over the bank holiday weekend was expected to be Good Friday, but major routes will likely see delays again as many travellers are expected to head home after a warm weekend across many parts of the country.

Traffic information supplier Inrix highlighted several likely congestion hotspots. These include: The M6 north between Junction 26 (Orrell Interchange, Greater Manchester) and Junction 36 (the Lake District); the M25 clockwise from Junction 8 (Reigate Hill Interchange, Surrey) to Junction 16 (Denham Interchange, Buckinghamshire; and the A303 near Stonehenge, Wiltshire.

Drivers wanting to avoid as much congestion as possible are urged to set off before 9am or delay their journeys until after 7.30pm. RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said: “After two years of relatively quiet Easter bank holidays on the roads, our research suggests a return to traffic levels that are much more typical of this time of year.

We will bring you the latest traffic and travel update for the M5 and other major roads.

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