Best and worst time to travel by road this Easter, the roads to avoid and latest on railway disruption

Millions of car journeys will be made over the coming weekend as people head off for Easter breaks. They could be visiting family, heading to airports, or spending time in British holiday hotspots.

Motoring organisation the RAC estimates there will be 20.8m leisure trips from Friday, April 8 to Sunday, April 10. Saturday is likely to be the busiest day with 5.6m journeys expected, compared to 5m trips on Friday and 4.6m on Sunday.

Below, we look at the best and worst times to travel this coming weekend and also look ahead to engineering works that could affect railway travel over the Easter weekend.

Busiest times to travel on the roads

Friday: 11am to 7pm

Saturday: 10am to 3pm

Sunday: 10am to 3pm

Roads to avoid

Friday: M25 Clockwise J8 to J16, A303 at Stonehenge

Saturday: M25 Clockwise J8 to J16, A303 at Stonehenge

Sunday: M25 Clockwise J8 to J16, A303 at Stonehenge

Quietest time on the roads

Friday: After 8pm

Saturday: After 4pm

Sunday: After 4pm

What railway stations and train routes will be affected?

Five of the country’s rail networks will be disrupted over the Easter bank holiday weekend as they undergo planned engineering repairs or upgrades, vehicle leasing company Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has said.

London stations and routes will be the most affected, this includes:

  • Euston Station will face line closures from the 15th to 18th of April. Euston is Britain’s fifth busiest station and the busiest inter-city railway and connects London to Scotland, West Midlands, North West England and North Wales.
  • London Victoria will have no Southern services running to and from the station on Saturday 16th April including trains from Brighton and Gatwick Express trains.
  • Stansted Airport will have no direct trains from London and will be replaced by buses.
  • Thameslink and Northern will also be running revised timetables throughout the weekend.

For more details on the service disruptions, Network Rail advise checking their live travel advice before travelling.

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