Traffic chaos on Britain's roads saw 24 miles of queues as millions of holiday-makers tried to get away for the Bank Holiday weekend, despite warnings not to travel before 9pm to avoid queues.
The worst of the traffic chaos appeared to be on the M4, with up to 24 miles of queues and a crash involving several cars on the M5 around Bristol saw further delays.
Other crashes added to the chaos, with the M25 near Dartford at a standstill following a multi-vehicle crash, while firefighters were forced to close two lanes of the M11 in Essex last night following an accident.
The chaos came as up to five million motorists took to the roads to take advantage of soaring temperatures which are set to reach 91F.
Multiple crashes added to chaos on Britain's roads amid a rush by millions of holiday-makers to get away for the Bank Holiday weekend as motorists were warned to avoid travelling before 9pm to avoid queues. Above: Queues on the M5 near Taunton, Somerset
The M25 near Dartford was at a standstill this afternoon following a multi-vehicle crash while firefighters were forced to close two lanes of the M11 in Essex last night following an accident. Above: Cars travel at a snail's pace on the M62 outside Leeds, West Yorkshire, with one driver stranded on the hard shoulder (right)
On the M4 near Bath and the M5 near Clevedon, Somerset, the travel time was an estimated one hour 45 minutes, with queues stretching back 24 miles.
Thousands of cars and camper vans were also pictured in queues at Dover as travellers seeking to go to France waited to board ferries.
The queues on the M25 near junction 31 were following an incident this morning on the clockwise carriageway near to the Dartford Crossing.
And the collision on the M11 last night near junction 8 for Stanstead Airport saw two lanes shut.
On the A14 near Cambridge ongoing roadworks on the two-lane road saw congestion building on this morning, with cars at crawling pace.
There were also pictures of cars travelling at a snail's pace on the M62 near Leeds, West Yorkshire, this afternoon.
One unlucky motorist was seen stranded on the hard shoulder as cars rumbled past.
A collision involving up to five cars on the M56 near Runcorn, Liverpool, this morning saw the road blocked westbound before it was reopened this afternoon.
The M25 near Dartford was at a standstill this afternoon following a multi-vehicle crash this morning on the clockwise carriageway near to the Dartford Crossing
On the A14 near Cambridge (pictured) ongoing roadworks on the two-lane road saw congestion building on this morning, with cars at crawling pace
The chaos on the roads was matched by scenes of huge queues at Britain's railway stations, with massed travellers pictured at London's Euston station.
The attempts to travel by train come despite a 'final reminder' by Network Rail today that parts of the network will be closed so workers can carry out 448 engineering projects this weekend.
Thousands of cars and camper vans were also pictured in queues at Dover as travellers seeking to go to France waited to board ferries
Despite the expected scorching hot weather in the UK, thousands of travellers were still queuing to board ferries at Dover. Above: Camper vans line up at Dover
Many of those looking to get away this weekend were hoping to take advantage of sun and soaring temperatures.
According to the Met Office, high pressure will build across England, bringing with it very warm or hot conditions to many parts of the country over the weekend.
The region with the highest temperatures are likely to be across eastern England, while the west will be less hot Sunday.
By Monday cooler air is expected to move a gradually move east across the country, but it will continue to be very warm for some eastern region, the Met said.
Speaking about the engineering work on the railways, Network Rail's interim route managing director David Golding said: 'We appreciate there is never a good