RAC warns of busy roads this Easter

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For anyone planning an Easter getaway, the RAC is warning of a busy bank holiday weekend, with an estimated 16.8 million car journeys to be made, Fleet News reports.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams warned: "Easter traditionally sees the first big getaway of the year but this time we are expecting an unprecedented number of cars to be using major roads for leisure trips.

"Some years Maundy Thursday before the Easter weekend can be exceptionally busy but this year Good Friday is the day everyone seems to be planning to head off which is why we are warning people to expect it to be a long, mad, bad Friday on the roads."

RAC Traffic Watch data predicts Thursday's leisure trip volume to be around 3.3 million, with Saturday and Easter Sunday seeing 3.9 million and 4.2 million journeys, respectively.

On bank holiday Monday, it is expected that 3.6 million cars will be heading back home after their Easter getaway.

Williams added: "The advice has to be to head off as early as possible to beat other travellers and to expect heavy traffic and jams on major routes."

The RAC's list of Easter traffic hotspots includes:

• M5 from Bristol to Taunton

• A303 Stonehenge

• A30 and A38 Exeter to Cornwall

• M4 between Cardiff and Swansea

• M25 between Gatwick and M1

• A23/M23 to Brighton

• A47 Swatham to Great Yarmouth

• M55 between Preston and Blackpool

• A14 between Midlands and East Coast

• A66 between M6 and the coast

• M53 between Liverpool and Chester

Are you planning an Easter getaway?

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