M4, M5 and M32 traffic updates - bank holiday traffic hits the South West

There are delays on the M4, M5 and M32 as thousands of people head to the South West this bank holiday weekend.

The RAC estimates that this late May Bank Holiday will be the busiest since 2019 with 19.2 million leisure journeys being made by car between Friday and Monday night.

Roads in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset are expected to be particular hotspots with traffic levels due to peak on Friday 26 May.

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M5 Credit: Traffic England

There is heavy traffic sparking long delays on the M5 Southbound. Queues start at around J14 for the Falfield Interchange and there is then nose-to-nose traffic until J21 for Weston-super-Mare.

Heavy congestion on the M5 southbound between junctions J14 -J17. There are currently delays of 10 minutes against expected traffic.

Heavy holiday traffic is also impacting motorists between J23 and J24 with cars moving very slowly. Drivers are being warned of long delays.

Traffic is moving very slowly between J23 and J24 Credit: National England

There is queueing traffic on M5 northbound between J23 A39 (Bridgwater North) and J20 B3133 Ettlingen Way (Clevedon). Travel time is around 25 minutes.


The M4 westbound entry slip at junction J19 is closed. Normal traffic movement is expected to resume between 7.30pm-7.45pm, according to National Highways.

There is no movement on the M4 westbound between junctions J18 and J20 due to a car fire. There are currently delays of 90 minutes.

M5 traffic between J18 and 19 westbound. Credit: Traffic England


Usual slow traffic on M32 inbound and Newfoundland Way Southbound into Bristol city centre. Travel time is 10 minutes.

There is congestion on the M32 northbound between junction J1 and the M4. There are currently delays of 10 minutes.