Easter weekend travel plans 2016

Every Easter weekend motorists face busy roads, heavy traffic and gridlock.

Published: 1st February 2016

Every Easter weekend motorists face busy roads, heavy traffic and gridlock. In 2015 approximately 16 million cars took to the roads over Easter; around four million motorists travelled on Good Friday, followed by 4.5 million on Easter Sunday.

As this year is shaping up to be one of the busiest in recent years, ALA GAP Insurance have put together an ‘Easter weekend travel plan’ guide to help you avoid the busiest Easter traffic.

Easter weekend pre-travel checks

To ensure your Easter weekend journey goes smoothly motorists are advised to plan ahead. Allowing extra time for your journey and planning your route beforehand should help take the stress out of your drive. As the Easter weekend drive will be the longest for many motorists since the Christmas holidays, it is also important to carry out a few quick checks to ensure your car is fit for the road by ensuring:

  • Your tyre tread depths and pressure levels are correct
  • Oil, coolant and screenwash levels are topped up
  • You have plenty of fuel for your journey
  • All your car lights are working
  • Your vehicle is not overloaded

Busiest roads in the UK this Easter

The holiday getaway begins on Maundy Thursday, 24th March, as traffic builds throughout the afternoon. During Good Friday and Saturday (the 26th) traffic levels remain high. The traffic on Easter Monday will gradually increase during the afternoon, with Tuesday seeing traffic levels returning to normal as most people will be back at work.

Potentially busy roads on Easter Weekend 2016

London Roads

  • M1, A1(M)
  • M6, M6Toll, A74M, M74
  • M4, M5, M3, A303
  • M23, M11

South West Roads

  • A303, A30, A38
  • M4, M5, A35

Birmingham Roads

  • M1, M42/M40
  • M42/M5, M1
  • M6, A74M, M74

Yorkshire & Humberside Roads

  • A180, M606, M62
  • M18, M180, A61
  • A64

North East Roads

  • A1, A19, A66
  • A167M, A1M, M1

North West Roads

  • M6 Toll, M1, M42/M40
  • M6, M5, M62, A1
  • M6, A74M, M74

North Wales Roads

  • A494, A55, A487

South Wales Roads

  • M4, M48, A48(M), A48

Scotland Roads

  • M9, A84, A82, A8

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Attribution: Jim Champion

Published: 1st February 2016
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