Easter holiday travelers are stranded today at airports and motorways across the UK as millions of people try to flee for the weekend during public holidays.
There were long tails throughout the network, with the M4 closed in both directions after an explosion in an industrial building that “may have included pyrotechnics and fireworks.”
Passengers were also hit by airport delays due to continuing staff shortages, and chaos caused by accidents on the M25 and parts of London came to a halt thanks to Extinction Rebellion protesters.
According to AA President Edmund King, an overturned truck on Saturday on the M6 also delayed up to 40 minutes. He said the M25 was also “incredibly slow on the west side around Heathrow and on the east side near Dartford.”
AA predicted that a total of 27.6 million trips would be busier than usual as people enjoy the good weather and embark on their first Easter weekend without restrictions on COVID-19 from 2019.
Engineering works and strikes on the railways meant that more people used the roads, while delays and disruptions continued to destroy airlines and ferries.
British Airways is reported they have stopped loading luggage on some flights and are leaving dozens of planes unclean as they try to cope with the huge demand for Easter weekends.
Hundreds of cancellations follow in recent weeks due to staff shortages, which have left tens of thousands of Britons stranded at airports across the UK.
There were also major congestion on the M20 in Dover, as P&O Dover-Calais services were suspended, with some passengers complaining that they had missed their ferries after several hours of waiting.
The M4 motorway in Newbury was closed in both directions after a large building with fireworks and pyrotechnics exploded today for lunch.
Motorists faced considerable delays after the road was closed and the case was handled by firefighters
Families hoping to get away on the second day of beautiful sunshine met with long lines after the Surrey crash, and a separate “police incident” at Dartford Crossing stopped traffic.
The footage showed huge rows of cars stretching for miles.
On Friday morning, DFDS advised customers to arrive at least two hours before departure, adding that “they are expecting a busy day in the port of Dover.”
Ashley Griffiths-Beamon, 33, and his husband Damian Griffiths-Beamon, 36, who got married on Thursday to travel to Belgium to celebrate Honeymoon, waited 180 minutes and missed the ferry.
Peterborough’s Amanda Burton, 33, told PA she arrived in Dover at 4:00 on Friday morning, but missed the ferry at 8:00.
The M4 incident occurred at 13:41 between junction 13-14 in Westbrook, Newbury. The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue said they thought pyrotechnics and fireworks were possible.
Emergency services around the area placed a large cordon, while state highways closed the M4 after burying debris on both sides of the road.
Firefighters asked the public to avoid the scene while solving the incident.
According to National Highways: “The M4 is closed in both directions between J13 – J14 due to a large building fire near the M4, which caused debris to land on the road.
The operation is led by Thames Valley police and firefighters in Berkshire are working to control the fire.
“If this deadline affects your planned route, wait for additional travel time. Plan ahead, you may want to change your route or even postpone your trip.
Families hoping the UK would get another day of beautiful sunshine met with long lines after the Surrey accident, and a separate “police incident” at Dartford Crossing halted traffic.
The statement said: “We are currently at the scene of the #Dartford River Crossing incident.
“On Saturday, April 16, shortly after 10:00, we were called to worry about the welfare of women in this area.
“The passage was closed during the incident. National highways will facilitate diversion through one of the tunnels.
“We will provide up-to-date information on the situation as soon as practicable.”
Motorists faced a chaotic start to the Easter holidays, although according to AA, it is not believed today that traffic will be as congested as during the Easter run.
Motorists faced a chaotic start to the Easter holidays, although today, according to AA, it is not believed that traffic will be as congested as during the Good Friday escape.
Essex police have called on people to avoid Dartford Crossing after being called to Queen Elizabeth II Bridge today for a “police incident”.
In Manchester today, rescue services were called to the accident of two cars on Regent Road in Salford around 8:00.
Firefighters rescued two people who remained trapped in one of the vehicles. After the accident, the road between Ordsall Lane and Trinity Way was taped.
In the images from the crime scene, two vehicles were badly damaged inside the demarcated area. Four people were taken to hospital, police said. GMP claims no arrests have taken place, but the road remains closed at 4:30 p.m.
A spokesman for the Fire and Rescue Service, Greater Manchester (GMFRS), said:
Two Salford fire trucks and a Leigh technical intervention unit were mobilized for the incident, where firefighters used cutting tools and other specialized equipment to release two people from the vehicle and hand them over to a fellow North West Ambulance Service.
“Two other people survived the crew. “Firefighters secured the area before leaving after about an hour and a half.”
Four people were taken to hospital and the main road to Manchester was closed this morning after a two-car accident.
A two-car accident on Regent Road in Salford was called in today at around 8:00. Firefighters rescued two people who remained trapped in one of the vehicles
The motoring organization predicted that during the Easter weekend, which is busier than usual, there will be a total of 27.6 million rides as people enjoy the good weather, get on board and avoid traveling by train for engineering.
The accident caused a delay of up to 40 minutes on parts of the M6 highway on Saturday, AA President Edmund King said.
He added that the routes to the southwest were not as busy as on Good Friday, but there were some delays on the M4 and M5 near Bristol.
He said: “The traffic is busy today, but less congested than on Good Friday.
“I drove 176 miles in three and a half hours from Hertfordshire to Old Trafford and loaded my car on the way.
“Overall, the picture is busy, but in general, the traffic is smooth.”
The RAC has suggested the best time to travel on the main roads after 15:00 on both Easter Saturday and Sunday and then either before 10:30 on Easter Monday or after 18:30 to avoid great advice.
National Highway today alerted people to a “police incident” on the QEII Bridge
Staff shortages have caused chaos at Manchester, Birmingham and Heathrow airports amid fierce demand for Easter holidays, with airlines canceling hundreds of flights.
According to Cirium, between 28 March and 12 April, airlines canceled a total of 1,236 flights in the United Kingdom, an increase of 428 percent compared to the same period in 2019.
The chaos occurred when temperatures in Northolta in West London reached 20.2 ° C at 1 p.m., with mercury expected to reach 23 ° C in the late afternoon, making it the warmest day of the year.
The current peak temperature is 20.8 ° C, which was recorded at two locations, St James Park in London on March 23 and Treknow in Cornwall on March 25.
Edmund King, President of AA, said: “The hot weather, the lack of trains and the increase in the number of stays in the United Kingdom mean that roads will be busier than usual for Easter, with 27.6 million journeys.
The congestion is already on the M20 due to Operation Stack, and the M25 is suffering from severe constipation on the west side around Heathrow and on the east near Dartford.
“Holiday traffic to the southwest has led to congestion on the M4 and M5 near Bristol.
Britain’s backbone across the M1 and M6 also suffers from heavy traffic and hotspot accidents at Hemel Hempstead, Sandbach and Bamber Bridge.
“Drivers are advised to check their cars before the trip, especially the tire pressure, oil, windscreen washer and fuel level, as well as water and refreshments.
‘Give yourself more time to travel and stop regular stops at least every two hours.’
There have also been reports of fuel shortages, although the Petrol Dealers’ Association (PRA), which represents independent courts, has said it is unaware of the widespread problems.
Gordon Balmer, Executive Director of PRA, said: “We are aware of the protests at several fuel supply sites; however, most are not affected.
“Fuel suppliers are working hard to ensure that fuels are delivered as quickly as possible, and our members work closely with them and follow their advice.”
One driver in London said: “I haven’t been able to (fill) yet, I’m still trying to find some in East London, Newham.
“I’ve tried about five different stations, now I’ve managed to get some at the Texaco gas station, but only two pumps worked.”