Holiday jams alert

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The RAC says that the major cause of traffic jams this Easter will not be roadworks but sheer volume of traffic. It predicted congestion from midday yesterday, with another peak late on Monday. Last year, it said there were 80 miles of jams at one time on Good Friday.

Worst expected trouble spots, with directions of travel:

South East: M1 Hertfordshire J6-10. Delays both ways. M25 J16-20 both ways. M25 J6-8, 9-10 both ways, roadworks. M25 J24-26 both ways. A21, A22, A23 Sussex & Kent coastal traffic. A34 Newbury both ways

South-west: M4 J20-21 westbound towards Severn Bridge.M5 J16-20 southbound near Bristol. M5 J29-30 southbound, lengthy delays. Coastal routes especially into Bournemouth, Weymouth, N Devon, S Devon, S Cornwall

West Midlands: M6 J6-10A, both ways. A5, A34 Staffordshire, both ways

East Midlands: M1 J25-30, both ways. A1 north (Thurs, Fri), south (Mon). A14 between Cambridge and A1.

The North: M6 J20-21A, both ways. M6 J28-30 both ways. M6 Cumbria, north (Thurs, Fri), south (Mon). A1 (W. and N.Yorkshire, Northumberland), both ways

Wales: M4 J22-24, both ways approaching Severn Bridge. A40 Dyfed, both ways.