A perfect storm of rail engineering works, holiday traffic and good weather will see journey times on some roads double this Easter.
Passengers have been warned to expect major disruption over the Easter period with some London stations closed due to engineering works.
A strike at French ports that would have severely disrupted ferry services at Dover has been called off as the great Easter getaway begins.
A farm in Mill Hill is appealing for volunteers to watch over their pregnant ewes during the Easter period and beyond. Belmont Children's Farm is expecting the arrival of over 200 lambs from 1st April 2013.
They also need volunteers to bottle feed lambs which are too weak to feed or haven't bonded with their mother.
As thousands head off for the Easter weekend, commuters who travel through Reading are being warned of disruption as the station is closed due to £900m upgrade.
There are no direct services from Swindon, Oxford and Newbury to London. Trains from Bournemouth and Southampton to the north will also be affected. Here's our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse.
In London, the average Easter spend per family is £2432 according to research carried out by children's charity, Action for Children. Over a third of London parents are concerned about the rising costs of the Easter break.
10% of parents nationally admitted that it's a very stressful time of year and worry about keeping their children entertained. Over the Easter period, Action for Children is hosting The Big Egg Hunt in Covent Garden.
Families in London have admitted to finding the Easter holidays stressful.
That is according to the charity Action for Children, who say parents feel under pressure to spend money on keeping everyone in the family entertained.
The study found that, on average, more than £240 is spent per family during the Easter break
Lines through Reading station will be closed over the Easter weekend causing travel problems for many passengers hoping to escape London.
The bank holiday closures mark the start of 10 days of disruption at the station. It is all part of a £895m investment project, which will be finished in 2014.
Thousands of people are expected to leave London in the next 24 hours to get away for the long Easter weekend.
But if you're heading West by train, you'll be faced with disruption and longer journeys.
That's because a new station is being built at Reading. Network Rail says passengers will see the benefit of the 900-million pound project, but bosses admit that things won't be running smoothly this weekend.Here's Mike Pearse.
The AA estimates 17 million cars will take to the roads over the holiday period, with the busiest periods expected to be this afternoon and Good Friday morning.
But they added that the roads may not be as busy as usual as the cold weather was likely to make this more of a "stay-at-home Easter".
Visit England said around 6% of the adult population were planning a break in the UK involving at least one overnight stay this Easter.
These trips were likely to generate around £600 million for the UK economy.
On Monday only, there is no service between Gloucester Road and Aldgatevia Victoria as well as between Edgware Road and Hammersmith.
Additionally, Farringdon station is closed from Friday – Monday.
On Monday only, there is no service between Earl’s Court and Aldgate East.
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Farringdon station is closed from Friday – Monday.
There is no service from Friday – Monday between West Hampstead and Stanmore.
There is no service from Friday – Monday between Aldgate and Croxley/Rickmansworth/Uxbridge
Additionally, Farringdon station is closed from Friday – Monday
There is no service from Friday – Monday between Kennington & CamdenTown via Bank and also between Camden Town and Edgware.
The Waterloo & City line will run for longer on Friday, Saturday & Monday from 08:00 – 22:00 and on Sunday from 10:00 – 20:00 to provide an alternative route.
There is no service from Friday – Monday between Canning Town and Beckton.
On Sunday only, there is no service between Sandilands and New Addington