Drivers warned to expect hold-ups as Easter traffic heads home

The M27 is expected to be busy as the Easter holiday ends
The M27 is expected to be busy as the Easter holiday ends
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DRIVERS are being warned to allow extra time for journeys today as roads are expected to clog up as people head home from their Easter breaks.

The AA has warned that the M27 is expected to be busy in both directions, as many families get ready to head back to work and school tomorrow. The A3(M) could also be busy.

Gavin Hill-Smith, of the AA, said: ‘Monday is shaping up to be one of the busiest, if not the busiest, days on the roads so far.

‘Good weather has seen more people going away than last year.

‘Easter is very late this year and most schools go back on Tuesday, which means we expect very high volumes of traffic.

‘Schools normally have a week off either side of Easter so people can stagger their journeys. This time people don’t have that luxury.

‘The last-minute rush means millions will be using roads and motorways at the same time, probably in the same late-morning/afternoon windows, so it could be a Black Monday for traffic jams and delays.’

Over the Easter period, the AA has had a fifth more patrols than normal on duty to deal with the higher breakdown workload.