Traffic-heavy roads and motorways to AVOID this Christmas are revealed

17 December 2018, 10:36 | Updated: 17 December 2018, 11:26

The roads that will be congested this Christmas
The roads that will be congested this Christmas. Picture: Getty

What are the motorways and trains to avoid this Christmas period? All the roads predicted to be busy, congested and full of traffic.

Motorists across Britain are facing huge traffic jams as families begin making their journeys across the country for Christmas.

The RAC and traffic information company Inrix may released a breakdown of the roads that will be busy this Christmas as they predict upwards of 6 million people could be on the roads on Boxing Day.

They have advised that the worst days on which to travel are Thursday and Friday (20th and 21st December), as this is when people most commonly drive home for Christmas and take to the road shop for presents.

Read more: Worst traffic hotspots to avoid before Christmas

They estimate that 2.5 million journeys will be made by car on Thursday, 2.8 million on Friday and a further 6.8 million are expected to make the journey home on Boxing Day.

Most roadworks on England motorways will be lifted or finished by 06:00 GMT on Friday (21 December), but some will be kept in place for safety reasons.

On the railway, strike action by South Western Railways and Northern Rail workers will affect major London stations including Victoria and Paddington.

Meanwhile, hundreds of engineering works will affect major stations including London Victoria and Paddington.

The RAC has revealed which roads will be traffic-heavy this Christmas period
The RAC has revealed which roads will be traffic-heavy this Christmas period. Picture: Getty

Christmas traffic on UK motorways

West Midlands

M6 (J15 - J25 between Stoke-on-Trent and Wigan)

Worst time to travel: Thursday 12:30

Typical travel time (in minutes): 48

Predicted travel time: 229 minutes

East Midlands

M1 (J21 - J26 between Leicester and Nottingham)

Worst time to travel: Thursday 15:30

Typical travel time: 38 minutes

Predicted travel time: 94 minutes

South East

M20 (J8 - J13 between Lenham and Folkestone)

Worst time to travel: Thursday 19:30

Typical travel time: 26 minutes

Predicted travel time: 82 minutes


M25 (between Bromley and Thurrock)

Worst time to travel: Thursday 14:30

Typical travel time: 15

Predicted travel time: 54 minutes

North West

M60 (J6 - J19 between Sale and Manchester)

Worst time to travel: Wednesday 15:00

Typical travel time: 16 minutes

Predicted travel time: 44 minutes

South West

M5 (J16 - J19 between Thornbury and Portishead)

Worst time to travel: Wednesday 17:30

Typical travel time: 11 minutes

Predicted travel time: 41 minutes


M4 (J22 - J29 between Redwick and Cardiff)

Worst time to travel: Wednesday 17:00

Typical travel time: 22 minutes

Predicted travel time: 39 minutes

North East

A1 (between Miftord and Chester-le-Street)

Worst time to travel: Wednesday 16:15

Typical travel time: 31 minutes

Predicted travel time: 38 minutes


M8 (J29 and J15 between Paisley and Glasgow)

Worst time to travel: Thursday 16:00

Typical travel time: 18 minutes

Predicted travel time: 31 minutes

Northern Ireland

M1 (J3 - M3 between Dunmurry and Belfast

)Worst time to travel: Thursday 16:30

Typical travel time: 8 minutes

Predicted travel time: 14 minutes


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