Easter Holiday traffic jams and delays for Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday

Heading onto the roads over the Easter Holiday weekend? Here’s the essential guide to the worst days to travel by car in the UK over the Bank Holiday. Find out when is the best time to travel over the Easter weekend.

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Find out where the traffic delays will be over this Easter Holiday period

With more than 20million cars expected to swamp the roads from Thursday to Monday, jams and delays are expected to be worse than usual – with a 20% increase in vehicles hitting the roads compared with the same period last year.

With the peak for traffic expected to come from 5pm on Thursday, real-time traffic-flow experts INRIX have created a day-by-day guide to what to expect on the roads.

Use the following tables to plan your weekend getaway or journey to the airport.

Flying away over Easter? Play it safe and beat the traffic with a pre-flight stop-over in a nearby airport hotel.

Maundy Thursday

Here are the possible traffic jams and delays for Easter Thursday

Route Dist. (Miles) Travel time Normal travel time Worst Time
M25 between J9 and J21 (both directions) 39 2h 10m 40 mins 3:30PM – 5:30PM
M6 between J16 and J22 (both directions) 30 1h 20m 30 mins 3:00PM – 5:00PM
M5 Southbound between J14 and Weston-super-Mare 29 1h 15m 30 mins 3:30PM – 5:00PM
M4 Westbound between J2 and J13 48 1h 35m 50 mins 3:30PM – 5:30PM
M25 A/C between J4 and Dartford Tunnel 10 0h 55m 15 mins 4:00PM – 5:30PM
M8 Eastbound between J16 and J8 7 0h 40m 10 mins 3:00PM – 5:00PM
A34 Northbound between Abingdon and M40 18 0h 50m 20 mins 3:30PM – 5:00PM
M60/M62 between J8 Carrington and J20 Rochdale 17 0h 50m 20 mins 4:30PM – 6:00PM
A303 Andover to Amesbury Westbound 12 0h 45m 15 mins 3:30PM – 5:00PM
M74 between J4 and J5 Southbound 3 0h 25m 5 mins 3:00PM – 4:30PM
M3 between J2 and J8 Southbound 36 0h 55m 35 mins 4:30PM – 6:00PM
M1 between J6 and J12 Northbound 18 0h 40m 20 mins 3:00PM – 5:00PM
A55 Westbound between Chester and Conwy 40 1h 00m 40 mins 3:00PM – 4:30PM
A1 Southbound between Gosforth Park and Chester-le-Street 15 0h 35m 15 mins 3:30 – 5:00PM

Good Friday

Here are the possible traffic jams and delays for Easter Friday

Route Dist. (Miles) Travel time Normal travel time Worst time
M25 between J9 and J21 (both directions) 39 1h 35m 40 mins 11:00AM – 1:00PM
M6 between J16 and J22 (both directions) 30 1h 10m 30 mins 11:30AM – 1:30PM
M4 Westbound between J2 and J13 48 1h 30m 50 mins 11:00AM – 12:30PM
M5 Southbound between J14 and Weston-super-Mare 29 1h 05m 30 mins 12:30PM – 2:30PM
M25 A/C between J4 and Dartford Tunnel 10 0h 45m 15 mins 11:30AM – 1:30PM

Easter Saturday

Here are the possible traffic jams and delays for Easter Saturday

Route Dist. (Miles) Travel time Normal travel time Worst time
M25 between J9 and J21 (both directions) 39 1h 25m 40 mins 11:30AM – 1:30PM
M5 Southbound between J14 and Weston-super-Mare 29 1h 10m 30 mins 11:30AM – 2:00PM
M4 Westbound between J2 and J13 48 1h 30m 50 mins 11:00AM – 12:30PM
M6 between J16 and J22 (both directions) 30 1h 05m 30 mins 12:00PM – 2:00PM
M25 A/C between J4 and Dartford Tunnel 10 0h 35m 15 mins 11:30AM – 1:30PM

Easter Monday

Here are the possible traffic jams and delays for Bank Holiday Monday.

Route Dist. (Miles) Travel time Normal travel time Worst time
M6 between J16 and J22 (Southbound) 30 1h 10m 30 mins 3:30PM – 5:00PM
M6 Southbound J37-J34 20 0h 55m 20 mins 2:30PM – 5:00PM
A303 Amesbury to Andover Eastbound 12 0h 45m 15 mins 2:30PM – 4:30PM
M25 Dartford Crossing (b/ways) 10 0h 45m 15 mins 2:00PM – 4:00PM
M4 Eastbound between J5 and J2 12 0h 30m 15 mins 3:30PM – 5:00PM

Check your car before you set off

Heading out on a long journey? Remember to complete these simple checks from Highways England to ensure that you don’t drive into trouble.

  • check fuel: make sure you have enough to get to your destination
  • check tyres: before setting off on a long/significant journey, check your tyre pressure and the condition of your tyres, including the spare; look out for cuts or wear and make sure the tyres have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, which is the legal limit
  • check engine oil: use your dipstick to check oil before any long journey, and top up if needed; take your car back to the garage if you’re topping up more than usual
  • check water: to ensure you have good visibility, always keep your screenwash topped up so you can clear debris or dirt off your windscreen
  • check your lights: If your indicators, hazard lights, headlights, fog lights, reverse lights or brake lights are not functioning properly, you are putting yourself at risk; in addition, light malfunctions can be a reason for your vehicle to fail its MOT

Find out what roadworks have been completed or lifted in time for the Easter getaway

Here’s the essential information you need to keep your Easter trip on track…

Roadworks lifted for Easter 2017

A38 Glynn Valley (near Dobwalls) Slope stabilisation 4.75mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

M1 Jct 20 to 21 (near Leicester) Carriageway resurfacing 5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

M69 M1 (Jct 21) to Jct1 (near Hinckley) Drainage works 5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

A1 Colsterworth to Barrowby (near Grantham) Drainage works 10mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

A1 Harlaxton to Barrowby (near Grantham) Drainage works 5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

A1 Tinwell to Colsterworth (near Stamford) Drainage works 10mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

A1 Elkesley (near Retford) Electrical works 4.25mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

A1 Barrowby to Long Bennington (near Grantham) Drainage works 5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

A5 Gibbets Hill to Crick (near Rugby) Drainage works 5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

A5 Old Stratford to Tove Roundabout (near Towcester) Carriageway resurfacing and drainage works 5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

A14 Jct 3 to 10 (near Kettering) Horticultural works 10mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

A14 M1 (Jct 19) to Jct 1 (near Rugby) Horticultural works 5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

A14 Jct 10 to13 (near Kettering) Horticultural works 10mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

A14 Jct 1 to 3 (near Market Harborough) Horticultural works 5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

A38 Palm Court to Kingsway (near Derby) Horticultural works 2.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

A38 Markeaton (near Derby) Horticultural works 2.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

A43 Abthorpe (near Towcester) Carriageway improvement 5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

A45 Billing to Wilby Way (near Northampton) Carriageway repair works 5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

A52 Bardills to Priory Roundabouts (near Nottingham) Horticultural works 5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

A52 Radliffe on Trent (near Nottingham) Carriageway improvement 1mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

A52 Radliffe on Trent (near Nottingham) Carriageway improvement 0.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

A453 Farnborough Road to Silverdale Roundabout (near Nottingham) Horticultural works 0.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

A5 Gledrid Roundabout (near Chirk) Widening the carriageway on the approaches and exit of the roundabout 1mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

M18 Jct 4 (near Doncaster) Bridge waterproofing 0.4mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

M621 Jct 1 to 5 (near Leeds) Electrical scheme 6.2mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

Roadworks completed before Easter 2017

M32 Jct 2 to 3 (near Bristol) Installation of bus only lane 1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M4 Jct 16 (near Swindon) Structures maintenance 0.65 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M23 Jct 9 to 8 (near Crawley) The scheme addresses verge cracking along the embankment crest. Works involve removal/replacement of safety barrier, earthworks, ducting works and other maintenance activities. 7 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M20 Jct 4 to 10 (near Kent) Electrical works 3 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M2 Jct 1 to 7 (near Kent ) Electrical works 3 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M20 Jct 5 to 6 (near Maidstone, Kent) Resurfacing 3 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

A2 (near Dunkirk, Kent) Resurfacing 12 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

A2 (near Gravesend) Resurfacing 4 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

A13 Slip road closure, southbound (near Essex) Carriageway – reconstruction/repair 0.16 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

A1(M) Jct 3 to 4 (near Hertfordshire) Carriageway – reconstruction/repair 1.59 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

A282 Jct 31 to 1A (near Essex / Kent) Carriageway – reconstruction/repair 2.11 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct10 anti-clockwise entry slip (near Surrey) Carriageway – reconstruction/repair 0.23 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 10 anti-clockwise off slip (near Surrey) Carriageway – reconstruction/repair 0.21 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 11 anti-clockwise entry slip (near Surrey) Carriageway – reconstruction/repair 0.18 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 28 anticlockwise exit slip (near Essex) Carriageway – reconstruction/repair 0.25 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct10 to 11 (near Surrey) Carriageway – reconstruction/repair 1.11 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 11 to 10 (near Surrey) Carriageway – reconstruction/repair 2.51 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 11 to 9 (near Surrey) Carriageway – reconstruction/repair 2.7 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 12 to 10 (near Surrey) Carriageway – reconstruction/repair 1.52 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M20 Jct 2 to 1 (near Kent) Communications 1.44 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M4 Jct 3 to 1 (near Hillingdon / Hounslow) Construction – improvement/upgrading 6.29 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 4 to 3 (near Kent) Drainage 0.99 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 4 to 3 (near Kent) Electrical works 0.57 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 16 to 15 (near S. Bucks) Electrical works 0.65 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 9 to 8 (near Surrey) Electrical works 0.44 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M20 Jct 1 to 2 (near Kent) Horticulture (cutting & planting) 2.45 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

A3 JA244 to JA245 (near Surrey) Inspection/survey 0.65 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

A3 southbound (on slip) at Esher Common Junction (near Surrey) Inspection/survey 0.41 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

A40 Denham Roundabout eastern quadrant (near Buckinghamshire) Inspection/survey 0.06 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

A40 Denham Roundabout western quadrant (near Buckinghamshire) Inspection/survey 0.65 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct10 to 9 (near Surrey) Inspection/survey 0.42 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 15 to 16 (near S. Bucks) Safety barrier/fence Repairs 0.59 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 22 to 21A (near Hertfordshire) Safety barrier/fence Repairs 0.14 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M1 boundary to Jct 6 (near Hertfordshire) Signs – maintenance 0.22 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 10 to 11 (near Surrey) Signs – maintenance 1.41 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 12 to 11 (near Surrey) Signs – maintenance 2.31 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 15 to 16 (near S. Bucks) Signs – maintenance 1.51 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 15 to 16 (near S. Bucks) Signs – maintenance 1.43 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 16 to 15 (near S. Bucks) Signs – maintenance 2.42 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 17 to 16 (near S. Bucks) Signs – maintenance 1.32 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 21 to 21A (near Hertfordshire) Signs – maintenance 0.78 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 21 to 22 (near Hertfordshire) Signs – maintenance 1.59 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M25 Jct 6 to 5 (near Kent) Signs – maintenance 2.91 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

M25 Jct 11 exit slip.(clockwise) (near Surrey) Signs – maintenance 0.2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

M3 Jct 1 to 2 (near Surrey) Signs – maintenance 0.6 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

M3 Jct 3 to 2 (near Surrey) Signs – maintenance 0.68 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

M3 west to M25 anti-clockwise link road (near Surrey) Signs – maintenance 0.27 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

M4 Jct 3 to 2 (near Hounslow) Signs – maintenance 0.62 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A282 Dartford east tunnel (near Kent) Structure – new/reconstruction 0.33 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A282 Dartford east tunnel (near Kent) Tunnel maintenance 1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A282 Dartford west tunnel (near Kent) Tunnel maintenance 0.97 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A120 Jct 29 (near Hare Green) Central reserve vehicle restraint system replacement 2.3 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A120 Jct 29 (near Hare Green) Central reserve vehicle restraint system replacement 2.3 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

M1 Jct 21 to 21a (near Leicester) Electrical works 5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

M1 Jct 26 (near Nottingham) Electrical works 0.75 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

M1 Jct 28 to 27 (near Sutton-in-Ashfield) Sign repairs 1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

M1 Jct 26 (near Nottingham) Sign repairs 1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A1 Blyth (near Retford) Bridge repairs 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A1 Little Ponton (near Grantham) Surveys 1.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A1 Barrowby-Newark on Trent (near Newark On Trent) Drainage works 5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A1 Tickencote to Little Ponton (near Melton Mowbray) Drainage works 5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A1 Newark on Trent to Tuxford (near Newark On Trent) Drainage works 5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A1 Apleyhead to Blyth (near Retford) Drainage works 5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A1 Wothorpe to Tinwell (near Stamford) Horticultural works 1.25 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A5 Hinckley to Nuneaton (near Hinckley) Surveys 0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A5 Litchborough (near Daventry) Drainage works 1.25 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A5 Towcester (near Towcester) Carriageway improvement works 1.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A5 Weedon to Kilsby (near Daventry) Horticultural works 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A14 Jct 7 to13 (near Kettering) Communication works 5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A14 M1 (Jct 19) to Jct 1 (near Rugby) Horticultural works 1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A14 Jct 1 to 3 (near Market Harborough) Horticultural works 1.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A45 Wellingborough (near Wellingborough) Road marking 0.25 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A46 Cossington to Six Hills (near Loughborough) Horticultural works 5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

M6 Jct 37 to 38 (near Tebay) Parapet connection and barrier upgrade 1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A66 (near Embleton) Contraflow 2.7 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A66 (near Thornthwaite) Traffic signals 1.4 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A66 (near Thornthwaite) Full closure 1.4 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A585 (near Thorton) Traffic signals 1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A1 Jct 73 (near Newcastle upon Tyne) Electrical work 0.3 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

M18 Jct 5 to J6 (near Doncaster) Barrier renewal 0.6 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A1T Ferrybridge to Barnsdale Bar (near Pontefract/Doncaster) Resurfacing works 13.7 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A64 Scampston (near Malton) Barrier renewal 0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A64 Rillington (near Malton) Footway improvements 6.2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A64 Hopgrove to Stockton (near York) Resurfacing works 4.3 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

M18 Jct 1 to 2 (near Doncaster) Carriageway repairs 6.4 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A19 northbound & southbound A684 Osmotherley (near Northallerton) Construction of central reserve crossover to facilitate contaflow system 0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

M5 J4a to J5 (Phase 1) (near Droitwich) Constructing the infrastructure for Smart Motorways (ALR) 4.8 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

A180 & A160 Brocklesby Interchange (near Immingham) Carriageway improvement works 3.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period

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