UK Travel Alert: Major Delays At Airports Due to Motorway Closure

UK Travel Alert: Major Delays At Airports Due to Motorway Closure

Holidaymakers have been urged to leave more time to travel to Gatwick and Heathrow airports this weekend due to roadworks on the M25.

The M25 is due to close between junctions 10 and 11 from 9 pm on Friday, March 15 until 6 am on Monday, March 18.

The roadworks are likely to lead to “major disruption” and could cause chaos for British holidaymakers travelling to Gatwick or Heathrow Airport this weekend.

Normally around 5,000 vehicles per hour would use the M25 between those junctions at weekends during the day.

Drivers have been warned to expect long delays in surrounding areas, and are advised to travel only if necessary over the relevant weekends. 

England’s motorway operator is advising everyone who needs to travel to factor-in extra time for journeys, as heavy congestion is expected to build on other areas of the M25 and connecting motorways.

Motorists should avoid travel in the area if possible but for essential trips, the official diversion routes will be signposted from the M25 motorway at junctions 10 and 11 where the closures will be in force. The diversionary route more than doubles the five-mile distance between the two junctions.

Travellers accessing Heathrow and Gatwick airports will be affected, as will many motorists heading for Channel crossings in Kent.

Gatwick Airport has advised customers to leave extra time to travel to the airport or to take the train.

Alternate Route Between Heathrow and Gatwick Airports

The easiest alternative way to get to both airports is via train from central London. Travellers should leave as early as possible. 

Farringdon Station on the Elizabeth Line connects London to Heathrow Airport. The journey time is about 90 minutes. Passengers can also take the Heathrow Express from London Paddington, or the Piccadilly line to terminals two, three, four or five.

Those going to Gatwick airport can get direct trains from London Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, London St Pancras and London Bridge.

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