M5 traffic Bristol: LIVE updates with two-hour delays due to Bank Holiday traffic

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Traffic is heavy on the M5 southbound past Bristol this morning (May 27) as thousands of motorists head toward the south west coast for Bank Holiday trips.

This week, the RAC warned that an estimated 19.2m leisure car trips were to be made over the Bank Holiday weekend - the highest number since the Covid pandemic, according to research by the group.

It means that in areas like Bristol, where the Almondsbury interchange is a well-known traffic hotspot, people should expect queuing traffic going south on Saturday, and north on Monday.

A look at the maps this morning, and there’s queuing traffic from Michealwood Services near Wotton-under-Edge, down to Portbury.

Live updates below:

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Warning on social media

Now a two-hour delay

National Highways is now warning of a delay in journey times between Junction 13 for Stroud and Junction 23 for Highbridge to be at least TWO hours due to an increased volume of traffic due to the half term getaway.

A spokesperson said: “Our South West Regional Operating Centre have increased patrols in key areas to ensure any unplanned incidents are dealt with as swiftly as possible.

“To ensure journeys are as reliable as possible we have lifted more than 1,400 miles of roadworks this bank holiday weekend to help motorists enjoy smoother journeys.”

Away from the M5, there’s also heavy traffic on the Portway and around Ashton Gate stadium with Love Saves The Day taking place from today

Expect hour-long delays on the southbound of the M with queues from Michaelwood to Portbury. There is also queuing traffic past Clevedon.