Expect travel chaos as millions head home for Christmas

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Chaos on the roads as millions travel home for Christmas
Are you heading home this weekend? (Picture: Getty)

Millions of motorists have been warned to expect serious delays on the road this weekend as people head home for Christmas.

Train passengers were also urged to be aware as Network Rail carries out its biggest ever engineering programme.

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Roads are set to remain busy today despite the lifting of nearly 400 miles of roadworks and traffic is expected to be heavy until the new year.

Roadworks are in place on the M5 and the M1, while drivers should be aware the M25 is expected to be busy.

Junctions one and two of the M5 have roadworks in place while the motorway is down to two lanes.

Trains today
Commuters at Waterloo (Picture: Dinendra Haria/REX/Shutterstock)

Speed restrictions are between the M6 near junction eight and on junction one of the M5.

The M5 northbound also has narrow lanes and speed restrictions between junction three and junction two.

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Depatures at Heathrow yesterday topped 130,000 and by lunchtime yesterday there had already been 46 traffic accidents.

Great Western Railway told travellers to complete journeys today because London Paddington is set to close from tomorrow until December 27.

Services will stop between Preston and Lancaster from tomorrow until December 27 with buses replacing trains.

Roads today
Want to be stuck in this? (Picture: PA)

And anyone travelling between Glasgow and London have been told to travel via Edinburgh.

Around 1.3 million people hit the roads yesterday with the busiest time between 4pm and 8pm.

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An airplane at Bristol came off the runway yesterday which cancelled all flights in and out of Bristol Airport.

The coach operator National Express was running its biggest ever Christmas schedule to meet demand.

Many London stations will be closed from Christmas Eve until January 1.

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