Drivers face long M5 delays with miles of bank holiday traffic

PUBLISHED: 13:13 25 May 2019

Long delays are facing motorists on the M5 this afternoon (Saturday). Picture: Highways England

Long delays are facing motorists on the M5 this afternoon (Saturday). Picture: Highways England

Highways England

Drivers face huge delays on the M5 as thousands of motorists head to the West Country for the three-day bank holiday weekend.

Stop-start traffic is queuing for miles on the motorway, stretching right through North Somerset.

Southbound, there are delays from the Almondsbury Interchange - where the M4 and M5 meet - to junction 25 (Taunton).

The worst areas are around junction 19 (Portishead) and between junctions 21 (Weston-super-Mare) and junction 22 (Burnham-on-Sea),

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A Highways England spokesman said: "Due to bank holiday weekend we are seeing increased traffic levels from junction 14 towards junction 22 which is adding to travel times."

No incidents have been reported, but the volume of holidaymakers heading to Somerset, Devon and Cornwall has caused the lengthy delays.

MORE: Worst stretch of M5 for traffic revealed.

There are no reported delays on the northbound side.

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