Winter washout causes Christmas chaos


flooded roadsOwen Humphreys/PA Wire

The season of goodwill is turning into a soggy and miserable one for millions of motorists today.

Continued heavy rain and road repairs are causing havoc on motorways and major UK roads.

Although many motorways and major route roadworks were lifted for Christmas, a number were still in place on busy roads today.

Numerous roads have been reported to be completely impassable thanks to flooding.
Worcestershire is one of the worst-hit counties with closed roads in Worcester, Bromsgrove and Evesham.

In Devon, motorists in Newton Abbot are having to contend with a landslip, while the A377 is affected by flooding.

Other areas where roads are flooded include Kelham and Shelford in Nottinghamshire and Ufton Nervet in Berkshire, while the flooding is particularly bad on the south coast in Sussex.

The A27 near Chichester, the A29 in Bognor Regis and another section of the A27 near North Lancing are all affected, as are roads in Burrowbridge in Somerset; Newburgh in Aberdeenshire, Scotland; and Stainton in Monmouthshire, South Wales.

A series of accidents on major routes also hampered those going away for Christmas, earlier today.

Among motorways where accidents caused jams in the morning rush-hour were the M1 in Hertfordshire, the M27 in Hampshire, the M40 near Gaydon in Warwickshire and another stretch of the M40 in Buckinghamshire.

The AA's advice is to "allow extra time for journey" and "avoid flood areas".