Highways Agency Removes 44 Roadwork Schemes For Spring Bank Holiday Getaway

Roadworks at 44 sites on English motorways and major A roads will be lifted or completed by 6am on Friday in time for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, the Highways Agency announced today.

The Highways Agency is committed to easing congestion, making journey times more reliable and our roads safer. Removing roadworks at this potentially busy time is just one action we are taking to help drivers over the holiday weekend.

Derek Turner, the Agency's Director of Traffic Operations said:

"We are lifting as many roadworks as we can and giving drivers information about road conditions through our website, information points at motorway service areas and through travel news broadcasts.

"We will also be clearing incidents as quickly as possible through our traffic officers and contractors and working closely with the police to keep as many lanes as possible open for drivers over the holiday."

For drivers, the time they decide to travel is as important as the route they use. The Friday afternoon before the holiday is the busiest on most routes so the Highway Agency says that if drivers can try to avoid the peak journey times on this day everyone would benefit.

Holiday routes are traditionally busy all over the weekend so drivers are advised to plan their route and check for delays. Staying in close touch with travel websites and listening to travel broadcasts can make the difference between a comfortable journey and a spoilt getaway.

Roadworks and lane restrictions will have been removed by 06am Friday 25 May and not put back before midnight on Bank Holiday Monday. For safety reasons, roadworks at 43 locations will remain.

21 May 2007 Staff

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