11:54AM, Wednesday 14 December 2016
Drivers hitting the roads to enjoy the festive period with friends and relatives could face delays on the M4 this Friday, a report has warned.
Data from INRIX, which analyses road traffic, suggests the route out of London from the A4 Westbound at Earls Court to Junction 11 of the M4 at Reading will be the second most delayed in the country as the Christmas getaway begins.
It estimates travel time during the peak period for the 37-mile journey will be two hours and 10 minutes — amounting to a delay of an hour and 25 minutes.
Delays are set to peak between 4pm and 5.30pm, while traffic could also be affected by the Southern rail strike.
Christmas might still be more than a week away but, based on analysis from the last time Christmas fell on a Sunday in 2011, INRIX is predicting Friday will be the busiest day on the roads, followed by Tuesday, December 20.
The M25, M6 and M5 are also set to be hit hard by the getaway.
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