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Traffic jams and delays predicted on Kent's roads as INRIX and RAC predict gridlock during great Easter getaway

Motorists should prepare for the worst Easter traffic on the roads for years - as thousands head for a long weekend getaway.

Traffic information provider INRIX is warning our roads could be twice as busy as normal, due to a combination of railway engineering works, more cars sharing the roads and families jetting off to sunnier climes.

A section of Kent's M25 has even made it onto the organisation's top 10 list of the country's blackspots for hold-ups.

Gridlock on the M20. Stock picture
Gridlock on the M20. Stock picture

Drivers are being urged to avoid the area around J5 for Sevenoaks - or face adding another 20 minutes on their journey.

The worst travel time today is predicted to be between 4pm and 5pm, with the hours before midday being the best time to set off.

Tomorrow any time before 10am and after 5pm should be less congested.

A spokesman said a rise in those jetting off for the sun could mean a doubling of journey times for those heading to Gatwick and Heathrow airports.

Cars should be prepared to get stuck in traffic
Cars should be prepared to get stuck in traffic

Chris Lambert, UK traffic analyst at INRIX, said: "More Brits going on holiday, combined with extensive engineering works on the rail network is going to result in exceptionally heavy congestion this Easter weekend.

"If you must travel at the busiest times, our advice is to seek alternative routes."

RAC spokesman Simon Williams echoed the views we should all plan our journeys.

He said: "With the hint of better weather ahead people whill be heading to the coast and countryside to make the most of the Easter break, which will create all kinds of traffic issues.

"We would advise drivers to allow plenty of time for their journeys."

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