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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 March 2008, 09:23 GMT
Travel woes expected over Easter
By Katy Dartford
Newsbeat reporter

Engineering works, congested roads, bad weather and rail strikes mean that getting away over the Easter weekend could become a bit of a nightmare.

Cars in traffic

Train travellers can expect long delays on the West Coast line between London and the Midlands while work goes on there.

A staff walkout means delays on the East Coast mainline too.

And to make things on the road not much fun either, it's going to be wet with strong winds.

MOTORWAYS
Planned Roadworks:
M25 Junction 1-3 nr Dartford
M27 Junction 3-4 nr Southampton and Junction 11-12 Fareham to Gosport
M1 Junction 1-3 nr London, Junction 6a-10 nr Hemel Hempstead, Junction 25-28 nr Nottingham
M4 Junction 5-7 nr Slough, Junction 13 roundabout nr Chieveley
M11 Junction 5-6 nr Theydon Bois
M42 Junction 8a -7 and M6 Junction 4a link nr Water Orton
M69 Junction 1-2 nr Hinckley
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A cold spell is also expected to arrive on Thursday, with temperatures falling below zero, especially in Scotland.

The Easter weekend is early this year and falls outside of many school holidays, which means that traffic congestion will probably be more concentrated.

Network Rail has said it will be working on more than 30 projects over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Mandy Wymer is at Northampton train station and said the expected chaos is nothing new.

She said: "It is a constant nightmare. Saturdays are particularly bad and Mondays.

"You just cannot rely on them, to the point that I'm having to get taxis quite a lot to get to my job. 22 a go - it racks up."

Rail passenger Sophie Knights, 26, said: "I am going away - I haven't made plans but I know I should've done because I've heard there are going to be problems with the trains."

RAILWAYS
Scheduled maintenance:
West Coast main line: Closed Good Friday-Easter Monday between Coventry, Rugby and Northampton and from London Euston Sat - Monday
East Coast main line: London King's Cross - NE England and Scotland services diverted via Leeds, 1400 Sat - 1400 Sun
Great Western main line: Didcot Parkway - Swindon and Chippenham services replaced by a bus service or diverted, Fri-Mon
South West main line: Alterations and diversions to services to and from London Waterloo due to engineering works at Clapham Junction, Fri-Mon
East Anglia/Essex coast line: Replacement bus service between Gidea Park, Billericay and Ingatestone

Others are hoping that leaving early might help avoid the travel problems.

30-year-old Lisa Gee said: "I'm going back home to Liverpool now. I've been down since Saturday - I'm leaving Wednesday to beat the rush."

Elaine Radcliffe, 21, and Tristan Morgan, 22, are students at Manchester University.

Elaine said: "The replacement buses definitely put me off travelling over Easter.

"You can't go anywhere without getting a bus to Milton Keynes or Coventry or somewhere so I've come before Easter to avoid it."

Tristan added: "I'm travelling on Saturday and using the railway.

"I've got to get a bus from Milton Keynes to Coventry. I'm not really looking forward to it but it beats driving."



SEE ALSO
Easter getaway problems predicted
Tuesday, 18 March 2008, 16:29 GMT |  UK
Rail strike safety fears denied
Wednesday, 19 March 2008, 12:27 GMT |  England

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