There are 40 miles of stop-start queues on the M5 southbound, between junctions 14 (Thornbury) and 23 (Bridgwater North). Travel time between the two is 120 minutes. There are no accidents; congestion is due to the sheer volume of holiday traffic.
It's promising to be one of the busiest weekends of the year on the region's roads, as the school summer holidays get underway. Industry leaders say they've seen a drop in bookings over the last couple of months compared to previous years but they're hoping sunny summer weather will help boost bookings.
There was quite a party in Plymouth today - with colleagues at a Tesco store toasting a massive win on the National Lottery
They scooped almost £4 million - leaving each of them two hundred and fifty thousand pounds richer - give or take a penny or two. Richard Lawrence went to meet them.
The Government received good news on the jobs front today with the latest unemployment figures showing a record number of people in work.
Over 30 million people are now in work, which is an increase of almost a million in the past year - the best figures since records began in 1971.
There is an employment rate of 73.1%, with just over 78% of men and 68% of women in work.
More than 4.5 million people are self-employed, which is the highest since records began in 1992 after an increase of 404,000 over the past year, Office for National Statistics showed.
David Cameron has welcomed today's figures which shows there has been a fall in unemployment.
The Prime Minister tweeted that the figures "show more people have the security of a job than ever before".
Today's figures show more people have the security of a job than ever before. Full employment is a key aim of our #LongTermEconomicPlan.
The country's "resilience" during the economic downturn "is being rewarded" after figures released today showed a fall in unemployment, Employment Minister Esther McVey said.
She said: "An important milestone has been reached in our country's recovery. With one of the highest employment rates ever, it's clear that the Government's long-term economic plan to help businesses create jobs and get people working again is the right one.
"With an employment rate which has never been higher, record women in work and more young people in jobs, the resilience of the country during the downturn is being rewarded.
"We know there is more to do, and the best way to do so is to go on delivering a plan that's creating growth and jobs."
Despite the latest unemployment figures showing a rise of 3,000 in the South West, nationally unemployment fell by 121,000 to 2.12 million.
The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 36,300 to 1.04 million, said the Office for National Statistics.
Average earnings increased by 0.3% in the year to May, 0.5% down on the previous month.
Unemployment in the South West has increased by 3,000 in the quarter to May.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), a total of 138,000 people were unemployed in the region between March and May, a rise of 2.2% during the period.
Thousands of teachers are on strike today across the west country. Members of the National Union of Teachers believe performance related pay and working until the age of 68 for a full pension is unsustainable. Stephen Watterson is an NUT Representative ..
Thousands of public sector workers from the South West have been striking today. They're taking part in a nationwide dispute over pay and pensions. Many of the region's schools, libraries and museums are shut as a result. You can watch the below report with Seth Conway: