Traffic management company Trafficmaster predicts severe traffic conditions for this Easter
It cites the impending fuel crisis, which may encourage many to take shorter more local trips for either the weekend or a full Easter break. If fuel supplies are available, many will set out for the Easter break over the routes as follows:
“It is expected that the busiest day of the year so far on the roads will be the afternoon and evening of Maundy Thursday, 5th April, when regular commuter traffic will be mixing with “getaway” traffic,” says Graham Smith, Data Manager at Trafficmaster.
“This year, however, most schools in England and Wales will be breaking up for their Easter break on Friday, 30th March, and some of the “getaway” traffic can be expected on the roads during the afternoon and early evening of 30th March, as well as throughout the following week – 2nd to 4th April.
Some people will also be delaying their departure for the Easter break until Easter Saturday, 7th April, which will see heavier traffic than usual on holiday routes, generally between 10.00am and 3.00pm.
In West London, there will be heavy traffic around Putney, Hammersmith and Mortlake during Easter Saturday afternoon for the annual University boat race.”
Most road works will be suspended for the holiday period, and many planned roadwork’s delayed to minimise disruption during the holiday period. In many cases, these suspensions are unlikely to take effect prior to the 5th of April.
It is expected that regular commuter traffic is likely to be significantly reduced during the week 10th to 13th April.
Heavy local traffic can be expected throughout Saturday, 14th April to the north-east of Liverpool for the Grand National at Aintree racecourse.
There is likely to be heavy homebound traffic along all holiday routes during the afternoon and evening of Sunday, 15th April, with normal commuter traffic patterns resuming from 16th April.