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UK Road Trip Itinerary Planner | The 7 Best Routes

By: Author Tracy Collins

Posted on Last updated: January 29, 2024

If you love to take to the wheel and you’ll be visiting the UK at some point in the future, then you need to find the perfect UK road trip itinerary! This UK road trip planner aims to help you pin down the ideal 1 week, 10 day or 2 week UK road trip itinerary to follow during your visit. 

Featured in this guide are 7 of the best road trip routes in the UK. Whether you want a 10 days in England itinerary, would rather spend a week in Wales or have 10 days to discover Scotland, this post showcases the very best that the UK has to offer. 

Don’t plan a road trip in the UK without reading this first! From the Scottish Highlands to the sunny south coast of England and wild, unspoiled Wales, here are seven of the best UK road trip itineraries. But first, a few pointers on how to use this guide.

UK Road Trip Itinerary Planner map of routes.

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Pace yourself, the great british weather, driving in the uk, 1. the cotswolds and the south of england, 2. wonderful wales, 3. the english countryside, 4. the south to north circular, 5. capital to capital (london to edinburgh), 6. devon and cornwall, 7. bonnie scotland, which uk road trip itinerary will you follow, how to use this uk road trip itinerary planner.

You could follow these itineraries over whatever period of time you have at your disposal, but we’d say you need at least a week.

A fortnight means you can spend more time in each place, while ten days means having to rush around a little less than when you have only 7 nights to spare. 

The key thing to remember here is that it’s your UK road trip, not ours! So you can of course cherry pick where you want to go and leave out anywhere that doesn’t really interest you. 

If you think about it, doing that means you could fit in two of these itineraries, back-to-back, over a fortnight. Rather than just one. Having said that…

A holiday is all about having fun. Or at least it should be. For that reason, we urge you not to try to pack too much in. Pace yourself and you might just enjoy yourself a whole lot more. 

When you’re not sure about where you really want to go, ask yourself this. Would you be really disappointed if you missed out on visiting this place? Or are you not really all that bothered? If you’re not feeling the love and aren’t too fussed about it, then is it really worth spending the time and money on going there? 

Wherever you go, be prepared for the weather to take over. British people often seem to talk about little else. Whether you’re in northern Scotland, west Wales or central England, the maritime climate of the British Isles means that the weather can be very changeable. 

Dress in layers, take along a packable rain jacket and an umbrella, pick the right footwear and you’ll be prepared for anything. 

Before you draw up that UK road trip map, you’ll need to think about driving around the country. Booking car hire before you go is always advisable, especially if you want a particular kind of vehicle. Such as an automatic – cars with manual transmission are still the norm in the UK. 

In the UK they drive on the left. Cars are thus right hand drive. Meaning that the steering wheel is on the right hand side of the car. If you’re from North America, Europe or any other area that drives on the left, then this may feel very different from what you’re used to!

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We recommend preparing to drive in the UK with Tripiamo which is the most comprehensive guide for Americans driving abroad.

Their guides include instructional videos and interactive 360-degree driving tours and will teach you everything you need to know about driving abroad, from reading road signs to avoiding fines. Drive safely and confidently in the UK with the help of Tripiamo.

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7 best UK road trip itineraries

This suggested road trip itinerary for the UK commences in Oxford. If you make all the stops, you’ll visit the Cotswolds, Bath, Salisbury, Stonehenge , Portsmouth, Winchester, Brighton, Dover and Canterbury. 

  • Heathrow/Oxford -> The Cotswolds -> Bath -> Salisbury & Stonehenge -> optional Portsmouth and/or Winchester -> Brighton -> Dover -> Canterbury 

Depending on whether you want to embark on your road trip right away or spend some time in London first, you can collect a hire car for this Cotswolds and southern England road trip either at Heathrow Airport or in Oxford.

Don’t bother trying to drive in central London – it’s congested, expensive and almost completely devoid of any parking whatsoever!

Here’s where to stop when you want to explore the Cotswolds and the south of England. As well as five of the best things to do in each of these locations.

If you choose to begin in Oxford , this historic and academic city has lots to offer. It’s packed with very old buildings, including the many colleges making up the prestigious University of Oxford. Some of these were featured in the Harry Potter movies . 

Oxford also offers the Ashmolean Museum, which focuses on art and archaeology. You can also take a river cruise on the Thames, which is a lovely way to see the city. The Oxford Botanic Gardens and Arboretum are also well worth a look. 

  • Oxford University and city walking tour
  • Ashmolean Museum of art and archaeology
  • Sightseeing river cruise on a small electric boat
  • Harry Potter tour of Oxford filming locations
  • Oxford Botanic Gardens & Arboretum

If you’re spending time in southern England, then you must visit the Cotswolds . This designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is all greenery and honey-toned local stone, and dotted with appealing towns and villages. 

Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water are the two most popular spots, but there are so many villages you can visit. Check out the 10 best Cotswolds villages in this post, or use the suggestions below.

Find things to do and places to stay in the Cotswolds in our complete guides.

  • Stow-on-the-Wold Market town with traditional pubs and antique shops
  • Bourton-on-the-Water On the River Windrush with honey-toned stone buildings
  • Lacock Home to Harry Potter filming locations and beautiful, ancient buildings 
  • Bibury Timeless village where you can find photogenic and historic Arlington Row
  • Painswick The Queen of the Cotswolds with Rococo gardens and a grand churchyard

Bath is a spa city in the west of England. It’s world famous for its original Roman Baths, handsome Georgian architecture and the Bath bun. Other top places to visit in Bath include Pulteney Bridge and the luxurious Thermae Bath Spa. 

Discover a Bath itinerary , where to stay and what to do in our Bath guides.

  • City walking tour with Roman Baths entry
  • Pulteney Bridge
  • Thermae Bath Spa
  • The Royal Crescent 
  • Bath Bun at Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House and Museum

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Salisbury & Stonehenge

So many visitors to the UK want to see Stonehenge. The mysterious stone circle can be found close to Salisbury , making it easy to visit both. 

Salisbury is a small city with a magnificent cathedral, a good museum and a bi-weekly market. You can also enjoy views of the city from Old Sarum, two miles away. 

  • Stonehenge World Heritage Site
  • Salisbury Cathedral and the Magna Carta
  • Salisbury Charter Market | Tuesdays and Saturdays
  • The Salisbury Museum | Stonehenge and local archaeology
  • Old Sarum | Deserted hilltop ruins with panoramic city views

Portsmouth – optional

An optional trip to Portsmouth will particularly appeal to anyone interested in maritime history. The city is home to the historic dockyard, the Mary Rose and HMS Victory. Other sights to see include the Spinnaker Tower, and you can shop at the Gunwharf Quays outlet centre too. 

  • Spinnaker Tower
  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • The Mary Rose
  • HMS Victory
  • Gunwharf Quays | Outlet shopping

Winchester – optional

Like Salisbury, Winchester is a small cathedral city. There’s an interesting military museum here. Other places to visit include the Winchester Science Centre, the Great Hall and Winchester College.

  • Winchester Cathedral
  • The Royal Green Jackets Museum
  • Winchester College
  • The Great Hall
  • Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

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Brighton makes a great day trip from London – or you can stay over as part of a road trip around the UK. With a grand pier and a pebble beach, Brighton is Britain’s most popular city by the sea. 

Things to do here include shopping at The Lanes, seeing the Royal Pavilion and going on the i360. The Seal Life Centre is also popular with families. 

  • British Airways i360
  • The Lanes | Cafes, shops, pubs, boutiques and restaurants
  • Brighton Palace Pier
  • The Royal Pavilion
  • Sea Life Brighton

Dover 

Dover is best known for the iconic white cliffs, but there are other attractions here too. These include St Margarets Bay beach, Dover Castle, the Fan Bay Deep Shelter and the Dover Museum and Bronze Age Boat Gallery.

  • White Cliffs of Dover
  • Dover Castle
  • St Margarets Bay beach
  • Dover Museum and Bronze Age Boat Gallery
  • Fan Bay Deep Shelter

Canterbury is the capital of Kent, the county known as the Garden of England. The cathedral here is a draw, and the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the Church of England. 

You can also explore Westgate Gardens here, and visit Howletts Wild Animal Park or The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge with the kids.

  • Canterbury Cathedral
  • Westgate Gardens
  • Official guided walking tour
  • Howletts Wild Animal Park
  • The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge 

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Our wonderful Welsh itinerary begins in Oxford, in England, before heading via the Cotswolds to Bath. You can find out what to do in those locations under the Cotswolds and South of England itinerary above. Or read on to discover all that Wales has to offer. 

  • Heathrow or Oxford -> The Cotswolds -> Bath -> Cardiff (optional) -> Brecon Beacons -> Barmouth -> Porthmadog -> Snowdonia -> Caernarfon -> Anglesey -> Llandudno -> Chester -> Liverpool (optional) -> Peak District -> Stratford -> Oxford/Heathrow

Bath Sally Lunns

Cardiff is the cool capital of Wales. Top things to see here include Cardiff Castle, Bute Park, the Principality Stadium and home of Welsh rugby, and the National Museum. You can also take a Doctor Who walking tour of the city!

  • Cardiff Castle
  • Principality Stadium
  • National Museum
  • Doctor Who walking tour

Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons)

Bannau Brycheiniog, formally known as the Brecon Beacons, is the ideal place for outdoor sorts to stretch their legs. As well as hiking, you can cycle, try watersports, stargaze or do some rock climbing here.

  • Mountain biking
  • Watersports
  • Rock climbing

The seaside town of Barmouth in northwest Wales is a pretty place to explore. Here you can spend time at Barmouth Beach, walk over Barmouth Bridge, see the harbour, discover Old Barmouth or hike the Taith Ardudwy Way. 

  • Barmouth Beach
  • Barmouth Harbour
  • Taith Ardudwy Way hiking trail
  • Old Barmouth
  • Barmouth Bridge

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Porthmadog is also a coastal town in Gwynedd. Things to do in this Welsh destination include visiting Black Rock Sands, two miles from town. You can also see the harbour village of Borth-y-Gest, Criccieth Castle, take a ride on the famous Blaenau Ffestiniog railway and spend time in the I talianate village of Portmeirion.  

  • Blaenau Ffestiniog railway
  • Black Rock Sands beach
  • Borth-y-Gest village
  • Criccieth Castle
  • Portmeirion village

Snowdonia ( Eryri )

This mountainous part of northwest Wales is home to Yr Wyddfa (Mount Snowdon), Wales’s highest mountain.

The area is popular among hikers, and also known for the historic Snowdon Mountain Railway. Apart from exploring Eryri (Snowdonia National Park), taking a train ride and conquering the peak, you can also visit the National Slate Museum or go to Harlech beach and castle.   

  • Scale Yr Wyddfa (Mount Snowdon)
  • National Slate Museum
  • Snowdon Mountain Railway
  • Harlech Castle and beach
  • Eryri (Snowdonia National Park)

Caernarfon is known for its majestic castle, but there are other absorbing places to visit in this royal Gwynedd town. These include Gypsy Wood Park, the Beacon Climbing Centre and the picturesque village of Beddgelert. You can also find the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum at the castle. 

  • Caernarfon Castle
  • Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum
  • Gypsy Wood Park
  • Beacon Climbing Centre
  • Beddgelert village

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Anglesey is an island off the northwest coast of Wales. It offers the mediaeval capital of Beaumaris, historic sites and beautiful beaches.

You can also see the Menai Suspension Bridge built by Thomas Telford, trek the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path, head to Llanddwyn Island and beach, or explore Plas Newydd House and Gardens.

  • Mediaeval Beaumaris
  • Menai Suspension Bridge
  • Llanddwyn Island
  • Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path
  • Plas Newydd House and Gardens

Llandudno is a popular Welsh resort town . It has everything you’d expect from a British seaside spot, including a pier, gaming arcades, beaches and more. Here you can also add the Great Orme Tramway, North Shore Beach, Great Orme Mines and Rhiwledyn nature reserve to your to-do list. 

  • North Shore Beach
  • Great Orme Tramway
  • Llandudno Pier
  • Great Orme Mines
  • Rhiwledyn nature reserve

Chester is a historic city with many Roman remains. It’s actually in England, but just a short hop over the border. Things to do here include shopping at The Rows, seeing the Roman walls and amphitheatre, visiting Chester Racecourse – which is the oldest in the UK – and ancient Chester Cathedral. 

  • Roman walls
  • Chester Cathedral
  • The Rows shopping
  • Chester Racecourse
  • Roman amphitheatre

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Liverpool – optional

There is so much to see and do in Liverpool . The most famous band in the world bar none came from the English city in northwestern England, and you can trace the tale of their success by visiting The Beatles Story or taking a Magical Mystery tour by bus. 

Two cathedrals, a major football stadium with a museum and the River Mersey are also musts. You can also find more things to do and places to stay in our Liverpool articles. 

  • River Mersey sightseeing cruise
  • Beatles Magical Mystery bus tour
  • Liverpool Football Club stadium and museum
  • Anglican and Catholic cathedrals
  • The Beatles Story

Peak District

The Peak District National Park is another of those outdoor spaces that offer so much scope for active people. Here you can hike or bike, or follow the Pennine Bridleway on horseback. 

Visit the lovely spa town of Buxton, too, and don’t miss out on trying a Bakewell pudding in the town of the same name. This sweet treat is more widely known as a Bakewell tart, but locally is always called Bakewell pudding!

Discover where to stay in the Peak District here

  • Horse riding
  • Hiking the trails
  • Try Bakewell pudding in Bakewell

Stratford-upon-Avon

The birthplace of William Shakespeare – the most famous playwright who ever lived – is a pretty town on the banks of the Avon river. Packed with historic and literary attractions, things to do here include seeing a play performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). 

You can also visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford , plus Anne Hathaway’s thatched, half-timbered cottage, or go to Stratford Butterfly Farm and the MAD (Mechanical Art & Design) Museum.

  • Shakespeare’s birthplace
  • Stratford Butterfly Farm
  • Anne Hathaway’s cottage
  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre 

The Beatles in Liverpool

England is known as “this green and pleasant land”, so seeing the countryside can be a real highlight of touring the UK. While our itinerary includes a few cities, they are small and picturesque picks that complement the countryside. 

Places to include are the Peak District, Yorkshire, the Lake District and the Cotswolds. See the above itineraries, too, for a more in-depth look at locations already featured in this guide.

  • Heathrow -> Cambridge -> Peak District -> York and Yorkshire -> Lake District -> Liverpool -> Chester -> Cotswolds (and Bath) -> Salisbury/Stonehenge -> Heathrow 

Academia and punting along the River Cam are what spring to mind when anyone thinks of Cambridge . You can tour the colleges here, including King’s, and also absorb all the history on a guided walking tour. The Fitzwilliam Museum of Art and Gin Laboratory are also popular.  

  • University of Cambridge tour
  • The Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Punting on the Cam
  • Cambridge Gin Laboratory
  • Historic walking tour

Mathematical bridge Cambridge.

York and Yorkshire

The city of York and the large northern county of Yorkshire have so much to offer visitors from the UK and overseas. Head to the city for history and urban beauty, or go to the Yorkshire dales and moors to see swathes of unspoiled countryside. 

If you do visit York, don’t miss the Minster, or wandering among the shops and cafes of The Shambles. The Chocolate Story is also great for fans of the sweet stuff (and who isn’t?)

You can also find out what to do in Yorkshire and where to stay in York in our guides.

  • York Minster
  • Yorkshire Moors
  • The Shambles | Cafes, restaurants and shops
  • Yorkshire Dales
  • York’s Chocolate Story

Lake District

The Lake District in Cumbria is an outdoor lover’s paradise. The area is known for its dramatic bodies of water, and it is dotted with historic market towns. The Lakes also has literary associations, a thriving foodie scene and lots of camping shops. 

Things to do include sampling sticky toffee pudding (it was invented here), discovering the history of Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter, walking to Aira Force waterfall and visiting Lake Windermere. 

Discover where to stay in the Lakes and the best towns and villages in our Cumbria articles

  • Lake Windermere
  • The World of Beatrix Potter
  • Aira Force waterfall.
  • Try sticky toffee pudding
  • Beatrix Potter tour with lake cruise

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There is so much to see and do in Liverpool . The most famous band in the world bar none came from the city in northwestern England, and you can trace the tale of their success by visiting The Beatles Story or taking a Magical Mystery tour by bus. 

  • Heathrow/Oxford -> Cambridge -> Lincoln -> York and Yorkshire -> Whitby -> Durham -> Northumberland Coast then via Hadrian’s Wall to Lake District -> Yorkshire Dales -> Peak District -> Cotswolds -> optional Bath/Salisbury/Stonehenge -> Heathrow 

Lincoln is a little off the beaten track when it comes to British cities, but it’s a place with so much to offer. The cathedral and castle here are incredible, as are the galleries and museums.

We recommend The Museum of Lincolnshire Life and The Usher Gallery art museum, and a stroll up Steep Hill, which will lead you to the castle via shops, cafes and pubs. 

  • Lincoln Cathedral
  • Lincoln Castle
  • The Usher Gallery
  • The Museum of Lincolnshire Life

Lincoln

Fish and chips, colourful beach huts, Whitby Abbey, a fascinating insight into science during Victorian times and the Captain Cook Memorial Museum all await in Whitby. 

Much of the scampi consumed in the UK is caught in the waters here, so sampling fish or seafood and chips is de rigueur. Look out for goths, too, Whitby being a favoured hangout among lovers of black attire and white makeup. 

You can also find more places to go in Whitby here .

  • Whitby Abbey
  • Fish and chips
  • Beach huts at West Cliff beach
  • The Museum of Victorian Science
  • The Captain Cook Memorial Museum

Durham can be somewhat overlooked, but it’s a delightful and compact university city in the north of England. The castle and cathedral are both outstanding.

Other attractions to visit include Hall Hill Farm, the Oriental Museum at Durham University, and a wander along the banks of the River Wear. 

  • Hall Hill Farm
  • Durham Cathedral
  • Oriental Museum
  • Durham Castle
  • Walk along the banks of the River Wear

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Northumberland

Northumberland is England’s hidden coastal gem. It also has more castles than any other county. Think windswept, near-deserted beaches, cliff-top castles and rolling countryside, and you get the idea.

There are some breathtaking buildings to visit, such as Cragside in Rothbury and the castles. The Alnwick Garden is also well worth your time. 

Also discover the best places to stay and top coastal cottages in Northumberland

  • Bamburgh Castle
  • Alnwick Castle
  • Alnwick Garden
  • Northumberland coast

Hadrian’s Wall

The Hadrian’s Wall site of Vindolanda features Roman remains, and is one of the key spots to visit when travelling between Northumberland and Cumbria. The Roman fort at Birdoswald is also worth stopping for. You can also follow various trails in the area, or drop into the Roman Army Museum. 

  • The Chesters Trail
  • Roman Army Museum
  • The Corbridge Trail
  • Birdoswald Roman fort

Chatsworth House

  • London -> pick up car at Heathrow -> Cotswolds and Stratford -> Peak District  -> York and Yorkshire -> Durham -> Northumberland -> Edinburgh 

Stratford fool

Also, discover the best places to stay and top coastal cottages in Northumberland

Scotland’s capital city is steeped in history, has swathes of glorious Georgian architecture, and scenic parks and squares. There’s also world-class dining and shopping, and the mediaeval Royal Mile. Also not to be missed are Edinburgh Castle and the New Town. You could also take a Harry Potter walking tour or a city tour by hop-on, hop-off bus.

Also find the best ghost tours of Edinburgh , top Edinburgh tips , and great Edinburgh accommodation options

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Hop-on, hop-off bus tour
  • Royal Mile | The Old Town
  • Magical Harry Potter walking tour
  • New Town | Elegant Georgian architecture

Edinburgh in winter

If you want to explore the sun-drenched (well sometimes) southwest of England, check out our southwest corner road trip itinerary here . 

For 10, 14 and 18-day Scotland road trip itineraries, click here . 

Whether you want to drive around the UK for a week, ten days, a fortnight or longer, we hope this guide has inspired you to visit this glorious land.

With so much to see and do yet relatively short distances between places, you really can pack a lot into a short time when visiting the UK.

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Road bosses issue traffic warning as drivers ‘ignore’ M25 closure diversion

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METRO GRAPHICS M25 Closure 10/05 M25/ULEZ Map

Drivers are being warned to follow the correct diversions after a seven mile stretch of the M25 was closed this weekend.

Motorists have been advised to avoid the area between and around junctions 9 and 10 in Surrey – from 9pm on Friday to 6am on Monday morning.

Instead, drivers have been urged to stick to the planned 19-mile diversion route, which will send vehicles through parts of Surrey and Greater London .

People have been urged to ‘only travel where necessary’ for the second of five planned M25 weekend closures to make improvements at junction 10.

But National Highways say an ‘increasing number’ of drivers are ‘choosing to ignore’ the official diversion route, instead following a route specified for freight vehicles, which could cause further traffic issues.

A spokesperson said: ‘We’re grateful to all drivers last time who avoided the closure and completed their journeys in other ways. We urge you to do the same again.’

What is the official diversion route?

METRO GRAPHICS M25 Closure 10/05 Diversion

There is a 19-mile diversion in place using the A3 and the A240 which will be signposted to drivers. It goes via Epsom and Chessington, dipping into the ULEZ zone.

The map above shows the diversion route for non-freight vehicles – but it appears a number of non-freight drivers have been using the separate freight diversion instead, coming off at junction 9 instead of 8.

Both diversion routes can be found in full here .

Simon Elliott, senior project manager at National Highways, told Sky News : ‘Coming off at junction 9 means non-freight drivers will end up travelling behind or alongside HGVs which is something we are actively trying to avoid and is likely to have a negative impact on travel times, congestion and the communities they pass through.’

Although there were fears the closures in March would lead to widespread congestion, it was later reported traffic through the diverted areas was down around two-thirds after a widely shared awareness campaign.

Those travelling to or from Heathrow and Gatwick airports are set to be the worst affected, with the National Highways warning motorists it expects long delays.

Can I be fined under ULEZ rules?

The diversion briefly goes within the ULEZ (ultralow emissions) zone, but no drivers will be fined if they stay on the approved route as enforcement will be suspended during this time.

National Highways senior project manager Jonathan Wade said: ‘Although the (ULEZ) cameras will be active, no enforcement action will be taken.

‘However, if you ignore the diversion signs and do your own thing, then if your vehicle’s not compliant you do run the risk of getting caught.

‘You’ll be perfectly safe as long as you follow the diversion routes.’

RAC spokesperson Alice Simpson also warned drivers not to rely on their sat navs during the closure.

An information sign as traffic builds up in Cobham, Surrey, near to a closed section of the M25 between Junctions 10 and 11, while a bridge is demolished and a new gantry is installed. Picture date: Saturday March 16, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story TRANSPORT M25. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

‘Planning ahead is absolutely vital,’ she said.

‘Rather than relying on a sat nav, check the planned diversion routes ahead of time and be prepared for long delays.

‘It’s also a really good idea to check your vehicle’s oil and coolant levels, tyre pressure and tread depth all before setting off to reduce the chances of a very unwelcome breakdown.’

Vehicles diverting from the planned diversion routes which do not comply with ULEZ standards will have to pay the £12.50 daily fee if their vehicle does not meet minimum emissions standards.

Failure to pay the charge when required can result in a £180 fine, reduced to £90 if paid within 14 days.

Why is the M25 closing?

It is so that a new bridge can be installed this weekend, the next stage of works started in 2022.

The extent of the major roadworks can be seen in a video including footage from the works in March, when a bridge was demolished creating 3,000 tonnes of concrete waste that took 80 trucks more than 24 hours to clear.

The project, which will continue until summer 2025, is intended to restore heathland and upgrade the junction with the A3 Wisley Interchange to ‘reduce congestion, improve safety and create more reliable journeys’.

It will include the UK’s first ‘heathland bridge’ to offer a natural corridor for wildlife over the motorway.

What area does ULEZ cover?

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It operates across all London boroughs after it was expanded in August last year, but the M25 is not in the zone.

It covers the entirety of the outer London counties including Kingston Upon Thames, Croydon, Enfield and Hillingdon, but not the surrounding home countries such as Kent, Surrey, Essex and Hertfordshire.

Which vehicles are affected by ULEZ charges?

It applies to cars, motorcycles, vans, specialist vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes, and minibuses up to and including 5 tonnes.

Large vehicles such as buses, coaches, and lorries are subject to different requirements.

Petrol cars subject to the charge are generally only those registered as new before 2005, while for Diesel cars it is those registered before September 2015.

For vans, it is 2006 and 2016 for petrol and diesel respectively, and motorbikes affected are generally those registered before 2007.

You can check if your vehicle will be charged using the registration number here.

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'Police incident' closed main A4232 road into Cardiff

A 60-year-old man has been taken to hospital following a police incident on Wednesday morning

  • Updated 11:40, 15 MAY 2024

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A man has been taken to hospital following a police incident which closed a busy Cardiff road on Wednesday morning. There were long delays and miles of congestion on the A4232, one of the main routes heading into Cardiff.

The southbound carriageway of the A4232 was closed this morning due to what traffic systems are describing as a 'police incident' on the A48 near Culverhouse Cross. The road reopened shortly after 10am.

A statement from South Wales Police said: "South Wales Police were called at 8.30am to Culverhouse Cross following a report of a man in distress on a bridge over the A4232. The link road was closed in both directions for an hour. A 60-year-old man has been taken to University Hospital of Wales and the road is now open.”

There was congestion all along the A4232 and delays on all approaches to Culverhouse Cross roundabout. Drivers were being asked to follow diversions via the exit and entry slip roads. Traffic Wales asked drivers to find an alternative route. The A48 heading into Cardiff from the Vale of Glamorgan had queuing traffic as far back as St Nicholas.

South Wales Police described the incident as 'serious'. Posting on social media they said: "We are at the scene of a serious incident on the A4232 and the road will be closed from Junction 33 Southbound to Culverhouse Cross off slip towards the bay and A4232 Northbound at Leckwith Junction . It is expected to remain closed for some time."

Recap what happened:

  • Man taken to hospital 11:18
  • Road to be closed for some time 09:22
  • Police describe incident as 'serious' 09:09

Man taken to hospital

A man has been taken to hospital following the incident this morning. A spokesperson from South Wales Police said: "South Wales Police were called at 8:30am to Culverhouse Cross, following a report of a man in distress on a bridge over the A4232. The link road was closed in both directions for an hour, a 60-year-old man has been taken to University Hospital of Wales and the road is now open.”

Traffic appears to be moving

Traffic cameras of the A4232 show that traffic is now moving on the road.

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Road has reoepend

The A4232 has reopened but traffic remains heavy in the area.

How the road is looking at the moment with traffic held 

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The full road closure

According to INRIX traffic monitoring system, the northbound carriageway is closed from Leckwith Road ( Leckwith Interchange) to A48 Cowbridge Road ( Culver House Cross ).

The southbound carriageway is closed from M4 J33 (Cardiff West And Services) to A48 Cowbridge Road (Culver House Cross).

Where are the diversions?

Traffic cameras show that drivers are being stopped on the M4 J33 roundabout and prohibited from entering the southbound carriageway of the A4232.

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Road to be closed for some time

South Wales Police say the incident is described as 'serious' and the road expects to be closed for some time.

Long delays in all directions

There are now long delays in all directions approaching the Culverhouse Cross roundabout.

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Police describe incident as 'serious'

South Wales Police have confirmed their attendance.

In a statement on social media they said: " We are at the scene of a serious incident on the A4232 and the road will be closed from Junction 33 Southbound to Culverhouse Cross off slip towards the bay and A4232 Northbound at Leckwith Junction . It is expected to remain closed for some time."

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"They have been taken to a local hospital for further medical attention and arrangements are underway to recover the vehicles." The crash shut the busy stretch of the A2 - and it remains closed in both directions.

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