Delays threaten the great Easter getaway

Tracey GrayMotorists and holidaymakers are being warned of delays on the roads and railways across East Anglia as thousands make an early getaway for Easter.The AA (Automobile Association) has said that with the majority of schools finishing yesterday , that today is likely to be the busiest day with traffic building up from lunchtime on popular routes.Tracey Gray

Motorists and holidaymakers are being warned of delays on the roads and railways across East Anglia as thousands make an early getaway for Easter.

The AA (Automobile Association) has said that with the majority of schools finishing yesterday , that today is likely to be the busiest day with traffic building up from lunchtime on popular routes.

One of the traffic hotspots is on the A47 eastbound with traffic likely to be heavy from the Midlands as people head towards the Norfolk coast.

There are also set to be disruptions on the railways with improvement work being carried out on the Norwich to London Liverpool Street line.


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It means trains will be replaced by coaches between Ingatestone and Newbury Park from Good Friday through to Easter Monday and services between Peterborough and Lowestoft and London will only go as far as Ipswich.

Elsewhere, National Express East Anglia will operate a Sunday service across the rail network on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday with a Saturday service on Easter Saturday.

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Additional morning services will run on Good Friday and Easter Monday to compliment rural services, from Ipswich and Norwich to Felixstowe, Lowestoft, Cambridge, Peterborough, Sheringham and Great Yarmouth.

A spokeswoman for Norwich International Airport said as yet all their flights looked to be going ahead as planned and they had not been informed of any cancellations over Easter.

In the tradition of Easter holidays, the weather is set to be overcast with little chance of sunshine.

Forecaster Chris Bell from Weatherquest, based at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, said: 'To sum it up in one word - the weather is going to be very unsettled.

'It looks like it is going to be showery, particularly on Friday and through the day on Saturday as well. It will be a little bit better on Sunday with the best places to catch some sunshine in the west of Norfolk or inland.

'On Sunday afternoon it will brighten up, but it looks as through the rain is going to return on Monday.'

The top temperature in Norfolk is set be around 10 degrees.

Across Suffolk, there are set to be bright spells on Friday but heavy rain on both Saturday and Sunday, and a similar picture for Cambridge.

The AA Roadwatch help line for traffic and travel advice is available on 0906 88 84322.

To find out more about rail services over Easter visit nationalexpresseastanglia.com or call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50

See www.EDP24.co.uk for the latest traffic news.

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