Britons have been warned they face a tumultuous weekend as they travel on what is expected to be the busiest Easter holiday on UK roads in nearly a decade.

Up to 22.48 million recreational car journeys are expected to be made this weekend as families go away for the first Easter weekend without Covid restrictions since when the pandemic started.

This is the highest number since the organization began tracking motorists’ plans for the first time in 2014.

The busiest day is set to be Good Friday, when an estimated 4.62 million journeys are likely to be made, followed by Easter Monday.

Vacationers are also facing low supplies of gasoline and diesel, major rail disruptions and long queues at ferry terminals and airports.

According to traffic data service Inrix, there are likely to be some traffic hotspots over the weekend, particularly on the M6, M25 and A303.

M6 north between Liverpool and Lake District; M6 to the south in the direction of Stoke-on-Trent; M25 between Surrey and exit M40; and the A303 near Stonehenge could see some of the worst congestion.

(Inrix / RAC)

Here, we’ve highlighted the 10 worst Easter traffic hotspots to avoid and when:


M6 north J26 Liverpool to J36 South lake around mid-day

M25 clockwise J8 to J16 around late morning

A303 approaches Stonehenge in the morning


A303 approached Stonehenge around late morning

M25 clockwise J8 to J16 around midday


M25 clockwise J8 to J16 around midday

A303 approached Stonehenge around midday


M25 clockwise J8 to J16 early afternoon

M6 men J20 for M56 to J16 Stoke-on-Trent early evening

M3 north J14 for M27 to J7 Basingstoke early afternoon

Cars travel along the A303 past Stonehenge in Wiltshire over the Easter holiday

(Andrew Matthews / PA)

The delays are expected to lead to travel chaos on Thursday, as passengers at airports and train stations wait in long queues for hours.

Many people were reported waiting for hours at Manchester and Birmingham airports, while dozens of British Airways and easyJet flights were canceled at Heathrow.

Meanwhile, those in London St Pancras said they had waited in long lines for flights to Europe on Thursday morning.

Rail passengers have also been warned of further delays as Network Rail carried out 530 engineering projects totaling £83m over the weekend.

People on the beach in Bournemouth as Good Friday is predicted to be the hottest day of the year so far

(Andrew Matthews / PA)

These include the closure of the West Coast Main Line between London Euston and Milton Keynes for four days from Good Friday due to an upgrade to the existing line and operational HS2.

Portions of the rail line between Birmingham International and Coventry stations will also be closed, as will lines around Crewe station.

P&O Ferries’ Dover-Calais sailings have also remained suspended as of Thursday night, which has caused large numbers of trucks to line up on roads approaching the Port of Dover throughout the day.

On top of that, petrol and diesel supplies at petrol stations in some parts of the country are already around half their normal levels as the UK’s travel network comes under pressure.


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