M5 traffic Bristol live: Queuing southbound traffic as May Bank Holiday rush begins
Thousands are expected to travel in and out of Bristol for the bank holiday period
Currently, the longest delays are found in the Portbury area with congestion expected to worsen as drivers leave work and travel ahead of the extended weekend. The RAC has warned that good weather could also swell the number of journeys even further.
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How things look at the moment
Here’s what it is looking like right according to Google, heavy traffic between Cribbs Causeway and the Portway, plus queues after the Portishead turn-off.
RAC warns weather could impact traffic for next two weeks
A spokesperson for the RAC has warned that good weather could swell the number of journeys even further ahead of this week’s bank holiday and the King’s coronation.
They said: “While we’d expect more short breaks and day trips to the coast this coming weekend, when it comes to the Coronation it’s likely major routes are less likely to be congested.
“The big variable, as always, is what happens with the Great British weather. If temperatures finally increase and the sun makes more of an appearance, we could well see many more people jumping in the car for a quick trip.
“In order to avoid any disappointment caused from cars letting their everyone on board down, we urge drivers to check tyres, oil and coolant levels as matters of priority before they hit the road. While our teams will be working hard throughout both bank holidays, no-one wants to feel royally fed up by being stuck at the side of the road waiting for help.”
Fresh delays between junctions 17 and 18
Construction work slows traffic near Bradley Stoke
We’re getting reports of queues of traffic between Cribbs Causeway and the Portway as the evening rush hour mixes with thousands of motorists making their way south this evening.
No incidents to report yet, just congestion