These will be the most congested routes across the UK over Easter – here’s when to avoid them
For those gearing up for an Easter getaway over the bank holiday weekend, transport analytics firm Inrix has revealed the routes it expects to be the most congested around the UK.
It has warned that traffic will start earlier and last for longer than previous years, with congestion rising from yesterday 28 March, with return journeys going into Tuesday 3 April.
Traffic forecasts for both today, Thursday 29 March and Easter Monday show a 20 per cent rise in the average number of cars being driven over the course of the day.
The most heavily affected roads are expected to be the major motorways, with the worst delays set to last three times longer than on an average Thursday.
Drivers travelling on the M25 Clockwise between the Junction 16 (for the M40) at Denham Interchange and Junction 23 (A1M) at Bignell’s Corner should expect delays of over an hour.
And those heading south on the M6 (J20 for M56 to J8 for the M5) and northbound on the M1 (J6A for M25 to M23A for A42) need to brace themselves for the longest delays. They are expected to face waits of almost two hours in total, with average speeds of 18 miles per hour and 26 miles per hour respectively.
Inrix said drivers should leave early in the morning on Thursday or Friday to beat the rush, and if possible wait until Saturday when the roads are actually expected to rack up less traffic than normal.
Best and worst times to travel:
|Day||Best time to travel||Worst time to travel|
|Thursday 29 March||Between 10am and 12pm||Between 5pm and 6pm|
|Good Friday||Before 10am and after 2pm||Between 10am and 2pm|
|Saturday 1 April||Any time||N/A|
|Easter Sunday||Any time||N/A|
|Easter Monday||Before 12pm and after 5pm||Between 12pm and 5pm|