Busiest Easter ever as trains, planes and roads jammed in mad holiday scramble

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It's gridlock on the roads already as motorists battle to getaway this Easter weekend.

Families have been warned it could be the busiest Easter yet, with nightmare queues predicted and warnings to travel early in order to dodge

It is predicted that 27.6million cars will hit the roads across the weekend, which makes it the busiest days for drivers during springtime since 2019.

There are already reports of 27-mile queues on one stretch of the M25 and it is looking very busy in railway stations too.

Travellers are advised to plan well ahead and travel either on the Thursday before the Easter break or early on Saturday morning to get away from the worst of the traffic.

The Department of Transport has said officials are working with operators to minimise disruptions.

Good Friday is set to be a busy period for those on the road, with a reported 4.62million trips planned for the busy holiday season.

The worst spots for congestion on the roads are set to be the M6 north between Junction 26 and Junction 36, as well as the M25 clockwise from Junction 8 to Junction 16 and the A303 near Stonehenge.

Travelling around at the busiest part of spring would be bad enough if it weren't for soaring fuel prices that mean drivers are shelling out £20 more at the pumps than they did last Easter.

Edmund King, AA president, said: "All our polling suggests that Good Friday will be the busiest getaway day for Easter trips and staycations.

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"If some drivers can leave on Thursday or early Saturday, they may miss some of the jams."

Those looking for a workaround to traffic jams will be disappointed that there are limited options available, with P&O suspending sailings between Dover and Calais this weekend, weeks after laying off hundreds of its workforce.

Aviation data says that 9,212 flights with 1.6 million seats are scheduled to depart between Good Friday and Easter Monday, but some airlines are reporting problems due to staff sickness, The Sun reports.

At the start of the week, British Airways cancelled 64 domestic and European flights from Heathrow on Monday (April 11).

Operators have also struggled to find recruits and accused ministers of conducting "cripplingly slow" security checks for new employees.

Concerns have been raised by airlines who fear that unless the issues are addressed, the chaos will spill into summer.

It has also been reported that more people will be on the roads this weekend due to disruption with train lines.

Network Rail is expected to conduct 530 engineering projects over Easter, with costs totalling to £83 million, reports the Independent.

Major work includes the West Coast Main Line between London Euston and Milton Keynes from Friday to Monday April 18.

But Network Rail said that 95 per cent of the network would remain unaffected by the work that is being carried out.

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