Holidaymakers warned of Easter hold-ups

01 April 2015 09:31

Holidaymakers could face road jams en route to airports this Easter

Holidaymakers could face road jams en route to airports this Easter

British holidaymakers flying abroad for the great Easter exodus could face long delays before they even arrive at the airport, experts are warning.

A traffic data business has advised travellers of the dates and venues to avoid if possible.

Peace of mind

Air passengers are no strangers to delays.

If they experience a major travel delay caused by an airline, they can rest assured that they can be covered by travel insurance.

Such insurance may also include cover for medical emergencies, legal costs and personal liability.

Queue hotspots

Inrix said that Easter Monday (April 6), Good Friday (April 3) and this Thursday (April 2) are likely to see the most congested roads en route to airports.

Heathrow and Gatwick are expected to be the hardest to drive to among the busy southern airports, it said.

Trips there on Thursday could take as much as four times longer than normal.

Car users could take a maximum of 120 minutes to get along the M25's western section, which usually takes an average of half an hour, said Inrix.

The worst-hit southern routes could suffer jams twice as bad as Easter 2014.

The congestion will be caused by up to 16 million drivers using the country's roads during the Easter period, said the RAC.

The busiest day will be Easter Sunday (April 5), where usage will peak at about 4.5 million motorists. Rail closures should also help to increase congestion.

But Highways Agency officials said that over 550 miles of roadworks are set to be lifted during this time-frame on the country's leading A-roads and motorways.

What the experts are predicting

Greg Hallsworth, a traffic analyst for Inrix, warned that drivers face more crowded routes than they are used to.

Mr Hallsworth advised motorists to plan ahead for their Easter journeys to prevent unforeseen delays.

While high traffic volumes are good for the nation's economy, they can spell longer journeys for drivers, he added.

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