Easter jams ‘will be worst in years’

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BE prepared for road chaos over Easter – especially if you go near the A11.

The AA has warned this could be the busiest Easter on the roads for years because of people getting away on holidays bridging the gap between Easter and the Royal Wedding weekend. It says 10 million are expected to hit the roads this weekend and a further eight million next weekend.

An AA spokesman said: “People have realised they can get 11 days holiday while only losing three days of annual leave.”

The A11 between Barton Mills and Thetford tops the AA’s list of potential bottlenecks in the East as drivers head for Norfolk tourist spots, but the organisation warns any coastbound road could grind to a halt if weather is ‘abnormally good’.

The Highways Agency’s traffic forecaster, at www.highways.gov.uk, predicts speeds on the A11’s single carriageway section will drop below 30mph by 11am today and stay low until 5pm.

But why join the jams? St Edmundsbury’s tourism officer Sharon Fairweather said: “There are so many places to discover on our doorstep there is no reason to travel far. Why not discover Bury and take a guided tour on Monday? Our guides take you to parts of the town you didn’t know existed.

“Pakenham Water Mill is just outside the town. You can tour the mill, visit the water meadow or have tea in the new tearoom. Another option is to stay off the busy main roads and visit the pretty villages in the area.”

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