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Roads expected to be deserted as the country is gripped by World Cup fever

The roads are expected to be empty as people head to the pubs to watch the game. Credit: PA/ITV News Anglia

Millions of us are expected to tune into ITV tonight to see if England can reach their first World Cup final since 1966, and Highways England has predicted that the roads will be deserted by the time kick-off arrives at 7pm.

In fact, they estimate that the region's motorways will have a third less traffic this evening compared to an 'average day'.

Traffic on the roads has reduced by 33% during England games at the tournament so far, and it's expected to be a similar story again as the Three Lions aim to see off Croatia in the semi-final.

Highway England is urging everyone to enjoy the match, but officers are also warning people to keep their focus on their journeys and not become distracted by events in Russia.

Roads have been quiet so far during England games. Credit: PA

“Along with the rest of the country, we’ll be cheering on England! We want them to bring it home – and we want everyone on our roads to get home safely," Frank Bird from Highways England said.

“When England played Colombia we noticed traffic levels drop by about a third so we’re anticipating similar on Wednesday.

“If you’re on the road – please drive safely and keep your focus on the journey. And then we look forward to doing it all again on Sunday!”