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August Bank Holiday: The roads to avoid

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Friday afternoon and evening will see some of the heaviest congestion of the bank holiday weekend
Drivers are being warned to expect delays of up to an hour on motorways on Friday ahead of the August bank holiday.Most roadworks on motorways and major roads in England will be lifted but about 40 sets will remain for safety reasons.Experts predict roads will become congested from 14:00 BST on Friday as holidaymakers mix with commuters.Rail engineering work means there will be no trains to and from London Euston.Most direct Virgin Trains services between the capital and the north-west of England have been cancelled with remaining services terminating at Milton Keynes.
Where will be busiest on the roads
Worst times to travel over August Bank Holiday
Day
Busiest times (BST)
Friday 24 August
14:00 to 19:30
Saturday 25 August
11:00 to 15:00
Sunday 26 August
16:30 to 19:00
Monday 27 August
10:00 to 15:30
Where are the roadworks?
300 miles of roadworks will be lifted or finished by 06:00 on Friday
Highways England said it would lift or finish roadworks on motorways and major roads by 06:00 on Friday. It said 97% of the network would be clear but has left about 40 sets in place for safety reasons.
Roadworks staying in place for August Bank Holiday
Stretch of road
Distance
M23 junctions eight to 10 (Crawley)
20 miles
M6 junctions 16 to 19 (Crewe)
20 miles
M20 junctions three to five (Wrotham/Aylesford)
15 miles
M6 junctions two to four (Coventry)
14 miles
A14 junctions 31 to 28 (Cambridge)
11 miles
M1 junctions 13 to 14 (Milton Keynes)
10.6 miles
M1 junctions 23a to 25 (Nottingham)
8 miles
M6 junctions 14 to 15 (Stafford)
7.5 miles
M6 junction eight to M5 junction 3 (Oldbury)
7 miles
M62 junctions 10 to 12 (Warrington)
6.5 miles
A1M junction 15 to A1 Buckden (Huntingdon)
6 miles
A14 junctions 32 to 34 (Cambridge)
5 miles
Will my train run?
About 150,000 people usually use London Euston at a weekend
Trains will be disrupted by 400 sets of engineering work taking place over the weekend. It means:
No trains to or from London Euston from Saturday to Monday or the following weekend, 1-2 September.
No trains at Bolton from Saturday until Friday 31 August and replacement buses running between Manchester, Preston, Wigan and Blackburn
Replacement buses between Coventry, Leamington Spa and Birmingham International, affecting Birmingham Airport passengers, from Saturday until 12:00 on Monday
Replacement buses between Crewe and Liverpool South Parkway from Saturday to Monday
Peter Broadley, Virgin Trains executive director, said: "With no services into or out of Euston we strongly advise our customers to avoid travelling to London on the days affected."Passengers can check their services with National Rail EnquiriesNetwork Rail says it uses bank holidays for major engineering work as this is when fewer people travel by train.Strike action at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, involving about 80 members of the GMB union, starts at 19:00 on Thursday and is due to continue until 07:00 on Saturday.Firefighters, bird control staff, engineers and drivers are walking out because of a pay dispute.
Bristol
Coventry
West Bromwich
Birmingham
Northern
Liverpool
Leicester
Rail transport
Crewe
Nottingham
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