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Easter Bank Holiday travel 2019: Live traffic updates for West Country roads including M4 and M5 on Good Friday

Traffic on the M5 near Bristol. Credit: PA

Millions are preparing to make the most of the Easter heatwave by heading off on getaways.

More than 10million people are expected to hit he roads at the start of the four-day weekend - which could result in severe travel disruption on West Country motorways, including the M4 and M5 near Bristol.

Good Friday is expected to be the busiest travelling day, but motorists are being urged to set off early or delay travel until Saturday to avoid the worst traffic jams.

The M5 near Bristol will be one of the busiest travel routes on Good Friday. Credit: PA

Research by the RAC and Inrix suggests 4.4million car journeys for leisure trips will be made on Good Friday.

This is expected to cause many major routes to be clogged, with the worst delays between 11am and 4.30pm.

They predict the M5 southbound, west of Bristol between Junction 16 and Junction 19, to be congested as drivers head for Devon and Cornwall.

The latest Bank Holiday Monday getaway traffic updates will appear below:

  • Stop-start traffic and severe delays on M5 Northbound between J27 A361 (Tiverton) and J20 B3133 Ettlingen Way (Clevedon). Travel time is an hour and 45 minutes.
  • One lane closed and very slow traffic due to broken down caravan on M5 Northbound between J12 B4008 (Quedgeley / Hardwicke) and J11A A417 (Gloucester / Cirencester)
  • A303 in both directions closed, very slow traffic due to car fire between Hayes End Roundabout (South Petherton) and A358 (Southfields Roundabout, Ilminster).

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What's happening on the trains?

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This follows Good Friday traffic disruption and delays over the weekend.

Traffic delays on the M5. Credit: Traffic England
  • M5, southbound, Somerset - earlier accident on the M5 southbound from junction 19 (Portishead) to junction 20 (Clevedon) causing delays.
  • A38 closed, Notter, Cornwall - the A38 is closed in both directions due to an accident involving a motorcyclist. Delays between New Road (Notter) and Pound Hill (Landrake).

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Where are the roadworks?

Some roadworks have been lifted to limit disruption. Credit: PA

Almost all motorways and major roads were due to be free of roadworks by Thursday morning, Highways England said.

It aimed to lift or complete as many as possible by 6am and they will not re-start until midnight on Tuesday.

However, more than 97 miles of roadworks will stay in place.

This includes the four-mile stretch of works on the M5 between junctions 17 and 18 in Avonmouth.

What about train travel?

Rail engineering works worth about £100 million will mean cancelled trains and replacement buses over the Easter weekend.

However, Network Rail said most services would be "unaffected" and it was the "quietest engineering programme for many years".

Network Rail has said most routes will be unaffected by works this weekend. Credit: ITV News West Country

In the West Country, replacement buses will be in operation between Bristol Parkway, Chepstow and Newport from Friday to Monday.

How is the weather looking?

Brits enjoying staycations can look forward to plenty of dry and sunny weather across the UK, the Met Office has forecast.

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