Record number of journeys expected this Christmas, worst motorway traffic jams

 Tuesday, December 17, 2019 


On Sunday 22 December between 10am and 4pm it is suggested to avoid the M1 and M25 and drivers averse to motorway traffic hold-ups should stay off the roads.


On the last Sunday before Christmas the motorists will face queues of more than 90 minutes as per the RAC.  This will happen northbound on the M1 between Flitwick in Bedfordshire and Daventry in Northamptonshire.



Further south, drivers can expect to dwell for nearly an hour on the M25 clockwise between the junctions for the M23 to Gatwick and M40 to Oxford.

n average over 4 million extra “leisure journeys” will be made each day between now and 22 December – the highest number since drivers were first asked about their festive travel plans in 2013 according to an RAC survey.

The largest increase in vehicles compared with normal December days will be seen on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 December are expected to see.

Inrix, Data provided by transportation analytics specialists predicted six particular black spots.

OnThursday 19 December: nationwide between 3pm and 7pm, with the M25 clockwise between the A1 and the A12 junctions predicted to be worst – delays of nearly an hour are expected in the early evening.


An hour’s delay northbound on the M6 between Sutton Coldfield and Wolverhampton in the morning rush hour, and the highest traffic volumes between 12 noon and 7pm is expected on Friday 20 December.


Consider Saturday 21 December: between 10am and 3pm, worst southbound on the M40 between Banbury and Bicester. It is expected that on Sunday 22 December: besides the M1 and M25 problems, there will be hold-ups between 10am and 4pm across the country.

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