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Evening Standard
Evening Standard
Lydia Chantler-Hicks and William Mata

London travel news LIVE: Dover delays, traffic jams, and train chaos at Liverpool Street hits Easter getaway

Holidaymakers heading off for the Easter weekend are having to contend with 20-mile traffic jams, two-hour delays at Dover, and rail chaos on Friday afternoon.

Holiday traffic caused "pretty horrendous" 20-mile long queues on the M4 and M5 interchange near Bristol, adding 45 minutes to journey times, as around 2.6 million car journeys were expected to be made on Good Friday.

There were also significant congestion on the M25, with traffic especially bad on the western side, which faced 40-minute queues.

Meanwhile drivers approaching the Channel crossing were facing two-hour waits to be processed, warned the Port of Dover.

Meanwhile with 175,000 people due to jet off from Stansted this weekend, Stansted Express train services from London have been disrupted all day Friday.

The disruption - affecting trains between Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport, and Cambridge North - is expected until 3pm.

There are also no trains running to or from London Euston – excluding London Overground - over the Easter weekend due to engineering works.

The Elizabeth Line, London Overground and DLR are all partially closed from Friday to Monday due to maintenance work. There are also severe delays on the Central Line.

South Western Railway, Southern, Thameslink and Southeastern routes will also be disrupted this weekend.

Network Rail has advised travellers to avoid the West Coast main line during the bank holiday, adding that engineering works will also impact southern routes to and from London.

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