Car boot shoppers in M40 gridlock

A motorway slip road was closed for over an hour during the Easter break as hundreds of motorists hoping to find a bargain at a car boot sale caused massive delays on the M40.

A car boot sale near Longford, Warwick caused such a buzz that motorists flocked to the sale on Easter Monday but ended up queuing in lane one of the motorway to get into the sale.

The Highways Agency was forced to shut the slip road at about 1.45pm "to allow people to disperse" as a long queue of standing traffic had built up on the approach to junction 15.

A Highways Agency spokeswoman said the road was reopened shortly after 3pm.

Elsewhere traffic had been below expectations and the volume of traffic was down on last year.

Traffic groups had expected an estimated 10 million people to take to the roads in the UK over the long Easter weekend with a further two million travelling abroad.

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