Christmas traffic: BBC shares where to avoid on the roads and rail in the UK

The Christmas getaway means congested roads and cancelled trains. Drivers are facing potential delays of up to three hours as millions of cars take to the motorways. But where should you avoid and at what times will traffic be busiest?

Traffic experts expect the busiest times to be Thursday and Friday afternoon as shoppers, commuters and people trying to go away for Christmas all use the same roads.

Most roadworks on motorways in England will be lifted or finished by 06:00 GMT on Friday but some will stay in place for safety reasons.

Meanwhile, strike action by South Western Railway and Northern rail workers will come ahead of hundreds of engineering works that will affect major stations including London Victoria and Paddington.

Visit the BBC.CO.UK news story for info on the roads to avoid this festive break and when to avoid the trains.

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