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Motorists are being warned they could get stuck in severe queues in the coming days as families hit the road ahead of the long Easter weekend.

More than 25 million leisure car trips are expected to take place this week, with 15 million in the run-up to Good Friday and further 12 million across the bank holiday break.

Good Friday is expected to feature the most extreme jams, with RAC research suggesting that 4.4 million journeys are set to clog up major routes between 11am and 4.30pm.

Children have to walk past heavy traffic to get to school
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Highways England said it will remove more than 450 miles of roadworks in time for the Easter bank holiday

The worst delays are expected on the M5 southbound, passing west of Bristol between junctions 16 and 19, which forms part of a popular route towards Devon and Cornwall.

Other busy roads will be the M25 anticlockwise, from Bromley at junction four and through the Dartford Tunnel to junction 30 for the A13, the M6 north between junction 31 for Preston and junction 34 for Lancaster, and the M62 west between junction 27 for Leeds and junction 18 for Manchester.

According to the RAC, the best day to travel if you want to avoid major traffic will be Saturday.

Full list of roads with the longest expected delays (RAC):

:: Thursday

  • Greater London: M25 clockwise J8 to J16, travel time of 91 minutes, peak congestion from 1.45pm
  • Greater London: M25 anticlockwise J20 to J11, travel time of 88 minutes, peak congestion from 4.30pm
  • East Midlands: M1 north J21 to J26, travel time of 81 minutes, peak congestion from 2.45pm
  • West Midlands: M6 south J20 to J16, travel time of 64 minutes, peak congestion from 7.45am
  • South West: M5 south J16 to J19, travel time of 27 minutes, peak congestion from 4.15pm

:: Good Friday

  • North West: M62 west J27 to J18, travel time of 85 minutes, peak congestion from 12.45pm
  • North West: M6 north J31 to J34, travel time of 62 minutes, peak congestion from 3.30pm
  • North East: A64 north Fulford to Barton Hill, travel time of 47 minutes, peak congestion from 1.30pm
  • Greater London: M25 anticlockwise J4 to J30, travel time of 44 minutes, peak congestion from 11.45am
  • South West: M5 south J16 to J19, travel time of 30 minutes, peak congestion from 11.45am

:: Saturday

  • South West: A303 west Salisbury Road to A350, travel time of 51 minutes, peak congestion from 11.15am
  • Wales: M4 west J22 to J29, travel time of 38 minutes, peak congestion from 5.15pm
  • Greater London: M25 clockwise J20 to J28, travel time of 46 minutes, peak congestion from 12.45pm
  • North East: A64 north Fulford to Barton Hill, travel time of 33 minutes, peak congestion from 12pm

:: Easter Sunday

  • Greater London: M25 anticlockwise J20 to J11, travel time of 42 minutes, peak congestion from 12pm
  • North East: A64 north Fulford to Barton Hill, travel time of 31 minutes, peak congestion from 11.30am
  • South West: A303 west Salisbury Road to A350, travel time of 40 minutes, peak congestion from 12pm
  • Greater London: M25 clockwise J8 to J16, travel time of 45 minutes, peak congestion from 11.45am
  • Sheffield: M8 east J29 to J15, travel time of 13 minutes, peak congestion from 11am

:: Easter Monday

  • Greater London: M25 clockwise J8 to J16, travel time of 54 minutes, peak congestion from 2pm
  • Greater London: M25 anticlockwise J4 to J30, travel time of 40 minutes, peak congestion from 2.15pm
  • West Midlands: M6 south J20 to J16, travel time of 43 minutes, peak congestion from 6pm
  • South East: M3 north J14 to J7, travel time of 30 minutes, peak congestion from 2.15pm
  • North East: A64 north Fulford to Barton Hill, travel time of 25 minutes, peak congestion from 4.45pm

Highways England will remove more than 450 miles of roadworks in time for Easter, meaning 99% of motorways and major A-roads in England will be clear of cones, but “significant” traffic is still anticipated throughout the week.

Analytics firm INRIX said that journeys could take three times longer than normal during peak hours and advised motorists to set off early in the morning for the best chance of avoiding queues.

RAC traffic watch spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “This week we’re expecting a significant second wave of Easter getaway traffic, following that which we saw at the start of April when schools broke up.

“This will mean the coming week and the bank holiday will likely be characterised by lengthy queues in some spots.

“Traffic jams are frustrating at the best of times and while we can predict where some of these will crop up, it only takes a single bump or breakdown for huge tailbacks to form.”

In a bid to ensure the traffic can move as smoothly as possible, the RAC has issued a series of tips for drivers to reduce the chance of their car failing on them.

These include checking that tyres are properly inflated, with appropriate tread, and avoiding low oil and coolant levels.

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