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Clearing the roads for a Bank Holiday exodus

131831_TRAFFIC_29/6/13  Traffic lights have been introduced to control the dirverted traffic   Picture: Allan Hutchings (131831-918) ENGPPP00120130629224436

131831_TRAFFIC_29/6/13 Traffic lights have been introduced to control the dirverted traffic Picture: Allan Hutchings (131831-918) ENGPPP00120130629224436

The Highways Agency will be helping holidaymakers have happy holidays by keeping traffic moving over the August bank holiday weekend, ensuring that 98 per cent of England’s motorways and other major roads are free of roadworks.

Around 164 miles of roadworks will be completed before the August bank holiday weekend and 110 miles will be suspended between Friday 22 August and Tuesday 26 August, providing extra lane capacity for holiday traffic .

Highways Agency, Director of Traffic Management, Simon Sheldon-Wilson, said: “This bank holiday weekend, over 98 per cent of motorways and major A-roads in England will be clear of roadworks. This will be a great help to people travelling during the holiday – with roadworks lifted, more lanes will be open and many of the associated speed restrictions will also be lifted.

“To help road users, Highways Agency traffic officers and the police will work to clear up any incidents as soon as possible but we advise drivers to check weather and travel conditions before any long journey and make sure they have maintained their vehicles, including trailers and caravans before setting out.”

To help its customers, roadworks at 73 locations will be completed before the bank holiday. A further 50 sets of roadworks and lane restrictions will be removed by 6am on Friday 22 August and will not be put back before 00:01 on Tuesday 26 August.

This year, the Agency is doing more work than ever to improve the condition of its network, reduce congestion and provide real long-term benefits for drivers. A record amount of money is being invested in Agency’s roads, but this means there are more roadworks on the ground than before so drivers need to plan and allow sufficient time for their journeys. For the safety of drivers and their passengers, lane restrictions or temporary speed limits will need to remain in place at 49 locations.

Drivers can find out about the busiest routes in their region by looking at the Agency’s website which shows the holiday hotspot routes over the August bank holiday period and the times they are expected to be busiest and through Twitter (www.highways.gov.uk/twitter). This will help them help them choose the best time to travel and plan their routes. Friday evening and Monday afternoon are expected to be the busiest periods over the bank holiday weekend, especially on the main holiday routes, as people set out and return from short breaks or day trips.

 

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