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When Not To Be On The Roads This Easter

With Maundy Thursday just being a few days away, many are looking forward to their Easter weekend getaway.

Though, unfortunately, the majority of us will be spending the beautiful weather stuck in the car behind a continuous line of traffic.

More than 20 million cars are predicted to be on the roads over Easter.

The roads that will be the most affected on Thursday will be the major motorways. Journey times on these roads are expected to take as much as three times longer than usual, according to Inrix.

For those making a trip to Cornwall this Easter, make note of these travel times:

Best Times to Travel:

  • Thursday 13th April – Between 10:00 and 12:00
  • Friday 14th April – Before 10:00 or after 14:00
  • Monday 17th April – Before 12:00 or after 17:00

Worst Times to Travel:

  • Thursday 13th April – Between 16:00 and 18:00
  • Friday 14th April – Between 10:00 and 14:00
  • Monday 17thApril – Between 12:00 and 17:00


Also, motorists coming down to Cornwall should be made aware of the A30 road works around Bodmin moor. This stretch of road, which has been worked on for some time now, is being made into a new dual carriageway made to help reduce traffic jams during peak times.

However, whilst it is still under construction, it can cause quite a hold-up, especially during holiday season.

According to the official Cornwall Council website, over 36 000 vehicles use this stretch of the A30 during peak seasons, including Easter.

This road tends to be busier during these times:

Westbound A30

  • Fridays between 12:00 and 18:00
  • Saturdays between 8:00 and 16:00

Eastbound A30

  • Fridays between 10:00 and 16:00
  • Saturdays between 10:00 and 16:00
  • Sundays between 10:00 and 16:00
  • Bank Holidays: Mornings

Before travelling, be sure to listen to local news stations for traffic updates and plan your routes carefully to help avoid congestion.

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