Watch out for travel snarl ups over the Easter weekend

Traveling over the Easter weekend? Bad news: you’re likely to face delays and disruption on the roads and railway.
The Highways Agency has confirmed 55 sets of roadworks on major roads and motorways including the M1, M3, M4 and M6. Trains will also be affected, with major disruption on lines out of Paddington and Euston in London.

Up the junction

Improvements to the M1 in the Midlands will affect the area around Junction 19. Road works between junctions 28 and 31 could also impact your journey. Work to upgrade the M60 north of Manchester is likely to cause disruption on the M60 and M62. There could also be delays on the M6 between junctions 10a and 13.

Read our Safe driving tips for Easter before you set off!

“Euston, we have a problem…”

The line in and out of Euston station will be closed for four days over the Easter weekend as National Rail carries out improvements around Watford Junction, including renewing signalling, laying new track and the reconstruction of the Orphanage Road Bridge. The engineering works affect Southern, London Midland and Virgin Trains.

Getting Crossrail

Work on the Crossrail development will close the railway between Hayes & Harlington and Didcot Parkway via Reading.
The closure will affect services between Paddington and Greenford, Slough and Windsor & Eton Central, Maidenhead and Marlow, Twyford and Henley-on-Thames. Trains will be diverted and an amended timetable will operate on all routes to and from London Paddington. This work is slated to last until April 12.

Capital deficit

Engineering work also means there will be no Southeastern train services calling at Deptford, Greenwich, London Bridge (platforms 1 to 6), London Cannon Street, London Charing Cross, London Waterloo East, Maze Hill or Westcombe Park. Then there are various line closures in the Shenfield area that will disrupt trains between Norwich and Ipswich and London Liverpool Street as well as between Southend Victoria and London Liverpool Street. Many of the train operators are advising passengers to postpone traveling until after the Easter weekend. But if you can’t alter your plans, it’s worth checking the timing of the works and any revised timetables before you set off.

Highway to hell

The Highways Agency has more details about planned road works or you can visit National Rail for information on train travel.

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