M5 chaos as hundreds of tourists flock to West Country – Thanks Boris!

There are already delays on roads across the West Country as tourists flock to the region on what is being dubbed Super Saturday.

This picture taken on the M5 this morning shows a stark contrast between the amount of traffic heading north and south.

Holidaymakers appear to be travelling through Somerset to reach destinations in Devon and Cornwall as today marks further easing of lockdown restrictions.

Restrictions have been relaxed from today with pubs, hotels, restaurants and hairdressers all permitted to reopen following months of lockdown.

Devon Live is reporting huge delays on roads through Devon and Cornwall, with delays around Bristol and North Somerset predicted.

There are currently long delays on the M5 past Exeter.

Inrix reports: “Reports of accident on A384 near A38 (Dartbridge Junction). Traffic is coping well.

“A388 in both directions partially blocked due to accident near Service Station. Traffic is coping well.

“Reports of accident, a truck leaving the carriageway involved on A3072 between A388 North Road and Brooks Avenue. Traffic is coping well.”

Dozens of caravans and motorhomes were seen parked up at Taunton Deane Services this morning as hundreds of tourists head to the region’s beauty spots.

This comes after the latest available figures show the South West’s regional ‘R’ rate range has climbed back above the national average.

The latest government data on the rate, which was published yesterday (July 3), shows that the rate in the region could be as high as 1, having just two weeks ago been recorded as the lowest in the UK.

On June 19, the rate in the South West was reported as 0.6-0.9, but now it has risen to between 0.7 and 1, with the national average for England coming in at between 0.8 and 0.9.

The ‘R’ rate is the name given to the measured rate at which the virus can spread from person to person, and it is measured by the number of people who are being infected by one person carrying the virus.