Motorists hit delays on parts of the Midland's M42 and M5 motorways yesterday after two crashes.

Four people were taken to hospital after a six-car crash on the northbound carriage-way of the M42 between junction six and seven at Stoneb-ridge at about 1pm.

At about the same time six people were taken to hospital when four vehicles collided on the northbound section of the M5 between junction three and two at Quinton.

It is not thought anyone was seriously injured in the accidents but the roads were closed for a short while for emergency services to attend the incidents.

Elsewhere long queues were reported on major routes heading north and south out of London and those leading to the West Country and the Lake District were also packed. Airports, sea ports and train stations were also busy today as the first of a record 2.3 million people headed abroad for Easter.

Heathrow handled 214,700 passengers yesterday and a further 201,000 are due to pass through the west London airport today.

By mid-afternoon there were long queues on the M25 at its junction with the M1 in Hertfordshire and there were also long tail backs on the M6.

Very slow-moving traffic was reported on the M5, M40, and the M11, while there were also jams on the M8 through Glasgow and the M876 north of Glasgow.

One of the worst jams was on the M1 heading north through Hertfordshire - one of the areas where roadworks have not been lifted over the holiday period. However, the Highways Agency has lifted roadworks at 27 major sites in England for Easter.