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Easter getaway to start from today

The 2018 Easter getaway will last longer than previous years, with congestion increasing from today and return journeys creeping into Tuesday 3 April.

2018 Easter getaway traffic will last longer than previous years, according to Inrix.

2018 Easter getaway traffic will last longer than previous years, according to Inrix.

The prediction comes from travel analytics firm Inrix, which says that although the Easter period will see the number of cars on UK roads fall 2.5% compared to last year, traffic forecasts for both Maundy Thursday and Easter Monday show a 20% increase in the average number of cars being driven compared to usual.

Similar to 2017, the most affected roads on Maundy Thursday will be the major motorways, with the worst delays three times longer than on an average Thursday.

In contrast, Easter Saturday and Sunday are expected to bring a 25% reduction in the number of cars on the roads compared to average.

Graham Cookson, chief economist and head of research at Inrix, said: “If drivers have to travel during peak times, they should consider alternative routes and regularly check live traffic data to ensure they avoid the worst of the delays.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.