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When to avoid the Dartford Crossing M25, one of the UK's busiest roads this Good Friday

Drivers are being warned to expect heavy traffic and delays over the Bank Holiday Easter weekend. With the extended weekend and scorching weather, many people are off on their holidays or Easter getaways- meaning some of the busiest roads in the country will be even more busy. In new research carried out by the RAC and traffic information supplier Inrix, it was revealed that the worst traffic jams are expected between 11am and 4.30pm with some journeys taking three times longer than normal.

And today, an estimated 4.4 million people will take to the UK’s roads for leisure trips on Good Friday- with the M25 one of three roads which could see the heaviest delays. The stretches of road likely to see the worst delays include:

  • M62 westbound from Leeds to Manchester between Junctions 27 and 18 (56-minute delay)
  • M6 northbound from Preston to Lancaster between Junctions 31 and 34 (39-minute delay)
  • M25 anticlockwise from Orpington between Junctions 4 and 30 (30-minute delay)
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The Easter weekend will see temperatures skyrocket around Essex, with the Met Office predicting highs of 25 degrees Celsius – making it hotter than a lot of foreign cities. AA president Edmund King said Saturday will see a “congestion cocktail” of day trippers, shoppers, sun-seekers and football fans taking to the roads, the Mirror Online reports.

“Expect delays and allow plenty of extra time for your journey”, he added. A survey of 1,258 people by tourist board VisitEngland indicated that 7.4 million have planned an overnight trip in the UK this weekend which iis up from 4.8 million last year and is the most since the annual survey was launched in 2013. Somerset Live reports Dan Croft, Incident Group Operations Manager at INRIX, said: “We are predicting Good Friday will be the worst for traffic from late morning into the afternoon.

“For drivers looking to avoid the worst congestion, the best options are to travel on Saturday, set off early in the morning and keep updated with real-time traffic data.”

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In preparation, Inrix and RAC have outlined the best – and worst – times to travel on major roads throughout the country:

Best and worst times to travel over the Easter period

Good Friday (April 19) Best time to travel: Before 9.30am or after 7pm Worst time to travel: Between 11am and 4.30pm

Saturday, (April 20) Best time to travel: Before 9.30am or after 5pm Worst time to travel: Between 11am and 2pm

Easter Sunday (April 21) Best time to travel: Before 10am or after 3.30pm Worst time to travel: Between 11am and 12.30pm

Easter Monday (April 22)

Best time to travel: Before 10.30am or after 6.30pm

Worst time to travel: Between 12.30pm and 2.30pm

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