Easter getaway traffic: The busiest UK roads this weekend

More than 25 million leisure car trips are expected to take place this week, with 12 million across the bank holiday break.

Motorists are being warned they could get stuck in severe queues in the coming days as families hit the road ahead of the long Easter weekend.

More than 25 million leisure car trips are expected to take place this week, with 15 million in the run-up to Good Friday and further 12 million across the bank holiday break.

Good Friday is expected to feature the most extreme jams, with RAC research suggesting that 4.4 million journeys are set to clog up major routes between 11am and 4.30pm.

The worst delays are expected on the M5 southbound, passing west of Bristol between junctions 16 and 19, which forms part of a popular route towards Devon and Cornwall.

Other busy roads will be the M25 anticlockwise, from Bromley at junction four and through the Dartford Tunnel to junction 30 for the A13, the M6 north between junction 31 for Preston and junction 34 for Lancaster, and the M62 west between junction 27 for Leeds and junction 18 for Manchester.

According to the RAC, the best day to travel if you want to avoid major traffic will be Saturday.