Travellers face Easter getaway travel disruption

Roads in the south-east are expected to be among the busiest in the country over the Easter break and today is likely to be the busiest day of the holiday.

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Pensioner dies in crash on A272 in East Sussex

The A272 between The Green (Newick) and Piltdown, is closed in both directions closed due to fatal crash involving a car and a tanker.

Emergency services were called to the scene at around 1pm this afternoon. The driver of a Renault Megane, a man aged in his 70s, died from his injuries. The tanker driver was unhurt.

The road may need to remain closed into this evening for investigation work and recovery.

M25 in Kent blocked after crash

A car and a lorry have had an accident and are partially obstructing lane one (of four) after Clacket Lane Services.

The M25 clockwise is blocked, queueing traffic due to accident, a car and a lorry involved between J5 M26 / A21 and J6 A22 / B2235 (Godstone).


South prepares for 'busiest weekend ever'

More people than ever before are flying from the South's airports this Easter weekend - but those of us staying here face big delays on the railways - and the roads.

More than 800,000 passengers will be flying in and out of Heathrow this weekend. At Gatwick, 500,000 people will be travelling, 11% higher than last year.

Divya has this report.

A35 closed as lorry overturns and catches alight

A lorry has over overturned and caught fire on the Rushington roundabout on the A35. The air ambulance is attending the scene.

The A326 Marchwood By-Pass is closed both ways and delays are expected because of the overturned lorry at A35 Spicer's Hill.


Rail improvement programme affecting journeys

It's expected to be one of the busiest days on the region's roads and railways as the Easter getaway begins.

Passengers travelling out of Reading Railway Station are being warned of ten days of disruption as the final part of the site's upgrade is completed. Network Rail says it's confident it has learned lessons from the chaos caused by engineering works over Christmas.

We spoke to Jonathan Davies from Network Rail about the travel chaos.

Trains subject to delay through Kent and Sussex

An amended timetable will run throughout the four days from Good Friday to Easter Monday – so we’re advising passengers to check before they travel this weekend to see how their journey might be affected.

The engineering work around London Bridge means there will be no trains to or from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and Cannon Street over the Easter bank holiday weekend, with services from Kent diverted to Blackfriars and Victoria, or terminating short. Southeastern’s Hastings services will terminate at London Bridge.

Also, there will be no trains between Faversham and Swanley on Friday and Saturday; Faversham and Sole Street on Sunday and Monday and no trains between Maidstone West and Gravesend on Sunday and Monday. Replacement bus services will be in operation to replace trains on those routes and High Speed services from Margate, Canterbury, Dover and Ashford will continue to run to St Pancras.

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