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'Mad, bad Good Friday': unprecedented traffic expected for Easter getaway

20 million drivers are thought to be hitting the road this weekend. Photo: PA

The Easter getaway is set to begin with millions of people setting off for UK breaks and holidays overseas - and the RAC is warning drivers to prepare themselves for a "bad" Good Friday on the region's roads.

20m
Motorists thought to be hitting the road

The roads will be busiest on Thursday, according to an AA poll of more than 24,000 drivers - and the West Country is set to see one of the busiest stretches.

One portion of the M5 made it into the AA's top three most likely to be congested list.

  • M5 south from Almondsbury, Gloucestershire towards Exeter
People are being advised to plan their Easter getaways carefully. Credit: ITV News

The RAC has also published a list of likely traffic hotspots - naming all major routes to and through Devon and Cornwall and many other parts of the West.

Easter Hotspots

  • the M5 between Bristol and Taunton is likely to experience particularly heavy traffic
  • the A30 into Cornwall is likely to be congested
  • the A38 into Cornwall is likely to be congested

The RAC claimed it was "inevitable" that popular road arteries will be congested and warned drivers to expect "heavy traffic and jams on major routes".

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.

– Simon Williams, RAC

People are advised to plan their journeys and make an early start to try and avoid the worst of the anticipated heavy traffic conditions.