Heavy traffic as summer getaway 'in full swing' - live updates on M5, A379 and A436

Credit: National Highways

Heavy traffic due to the start of the school holidays is causing delays on motorways and roads across the region.

Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, said; “The Summer Getaway is now in full swing and the major holiday routes are starting to fill.

“Drivers can help themselves and each other by carrying out vehicle safety checks before setting off, by carrying plenty of water and snacks."

The M5 southbound from Bristol is the most affected route as holidaymakers head to Devon and Cornwall.

  • Traffic has returned to normal on the M5, following delays between Portishead (J19) and Clevedon (J20), as well as near Taunton (J24).

  • A lane is closed on the M5 southbound slip road at Weston-super-Mare (J21).

  • The A379 Torbay Road eastbound is currently 'blocked' near Torquay due to a 'serious accident' around Vaughan Road.

  • Meanwhile, the A436 Eastbound near Andersford in Gloucestershire is also blocked due to a two-vehicle accident near the A40.

  • The A37 north of Shepton Mallet has reopened in both directions after an accident but there are still delays.

  • In Cheltenham there are reports of an accident causing lengthy delays on A4109 Tewkesbury Road near the fire station.

More to follow.