Highways England has advised drivers using the M5 in Gloucestershire to plan ahead and allow extra travelling time during this week’s world famous Cheltenham Festival.

The popular horse racing event runs from Tuesday, 13 March, until Friday, 16 March, with more than 200,000 people expected to attend throughout the week.

The Festival, which concludes with Friday’s Gold Cup, can see more than 65,000 people attend on a single day.

The busiest times on the roads are expected to be between 9.30am until 12.30pm each day. Queues are likely on the approach to M5 junction 10 southbound, and on all approaches to M5 junction 11.

Gareth Price, Highways England emergency planning officer and events planner for the South West, said: “Junctions 10 and 11 of the M5 are likely to be busy on these days, particularly Friday, 16 March.

“Our aim is to keep the Highways England network running while keeping all road users safe and informed. We advise all drivers to check our traffic and travel information channels, set off early and allow plenty of time for their journeys.”

In the meantime, drivers can obtain up-to-the-minute travel information on local radio, via Twitter @highwaysSWEST, by phoning the Highways England Information Line on 0300 123 5000 or by accessing the website: www.trafficengland.com

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