Bank holiday bonus: A lot less roadworks

The great bank holiday getaway.
The great bank holiday getaway.
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Motorists can breathe a sigh of relief this bank holiday with the lifting of 370 miles of roadworks,

Highways England has announced these will be lifted or completed on motorways and A roads to help smooth the great getaway.

The roadworks will be removed by early Friday morning to just after midnight on August 30.

Almost 98 per cent of the strategic road network will have no roadworks over the August bank holiday period.

The plan is that 179 sets of roadworks - totalling 319 miles - will be completed, while 22 sets, totalling 54 miles, will be suspended ahead of the holiday.

Highways England Chief Executive, Jim O’Sullivan said: “This August bank holiday, we’re helping drivers with their journeys by clearing roadworks across the majority of our motorways and major A-roads in England.

“Our traffic officers will also be on patrol and working with partners to help clear any incidents; the vast majority of which will be dealt with in under an hour.

“We’re asking people to be prepared too. Make sure you have everything you need for your journey should there be any delays, check before and during your journey and also make sure you’re aware of the signs and signals on motorways.”

In Yorkshire and the North East three sets of roadworks will be lifted, and ten sets have been completed for the bank holiday weekend.

By suspending or completing roadworks, more lanes will be open and many of the associated speed restrictions will be lifted. But lane restrictions or temporary speed limits will need to remain at 46 locations for the safety of drivers and their passengers.

See www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information or ring 0300 123 5000 to plan your trip. The website grades the severity of the delays and gives time estimates about the length of them.

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