M6 shut by overturned lorry as Britain ground to halt in Easter travel chaos

Other busy areas include the M25 clockwise between junction 10 and 11, the A303 in both directions near Stonehenge and the M27 near Southampton

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Brits attempting to travel over the Easter weekend are facing long delays across the country.

Drivers on the M6 have been hit with queues after a lorry overturned on the southbound carriageway near Liverpool on Friday morning.

As a result, the motorway was closed between junctions 26 and 23, with motorists facing delays of more than an hour.

Other areas of concern include the M25 clockwise between junction 10 and 11, the A303 in both directions near Stonehenge and the M27 near Southampton.

The delays come just days after the RAC urged people to travel before 9am and and after 7 30pm, with a record 21 million journeys expected to be made across the weekend.

Traffic chaos continues across the UK
Traffic chaos continues across the UK
A file photo of traffic on the M6
A file photo of traffic on the M6

The travel experts said Good Friday is to be the busiest day of the weekend, with an estimated 4.62 million leisure trips expected to be made.

Bank Holiday Monday is expected to attract 3.96 million visitors, while Saturday and Sunday around 3.63 million journeys by car.

An additional estimated 5.6 million trips will be taken by drivers at some point between Friday and Monday, the RAC added.

RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said: “After two years of relatively quiet Easter bank holidays on the roads, our research suggests a return to traffic levels that are much more typical of this time of year, and it’s very possible this weekend could turn out to be one of the busiest for leisure journeys for many years.”

Edmund King, AA President added: “Hot weather, lack of trains and an increase in UK staycations means that the roads will be busier than usual this Easter.

“Jams are already present on the M20 due to Operation Stack and the M25 is suffering heavy congestion on the west side around Heathrow and the east near Dartford.

“Holiday traffic to the SW has led to jams on the M4 and M5 near Bristol.

“The backbone of Britain via the M1 and M6 is also suffering from heavy traffic and crashes with hotspots near Hemel Hempstead, Sandbach and Bamber Bridge.

“Drivers are advised to check their cars before travelling and in particular tyre pressures, oil, windscreen washer and fuel levels, as well as preparing for themselves with water and snacks.

“Give yourselves extra time for the journey and build regular stops at least every two hours or so into your trip.”