'Expressways' plan for major roads

'Expressways' plan for major roads

Drivers can look forward to fewer accident or breakdown-related queues, thanks to latest Government plans to turn England's A roads and motorways into "expressways".

This new standard, which will be phased in over five years, pledges to clear up 85% of all motorway incidents in under an hour.

Expressways will also include refuge sections, significant road resurfacing, fewer roadworks and updated junctions.

This will cheer not only motorists who have had to call on their breakdown cover , but drivers who are stuck in jams because of stranded vehicles.

Highways England has compiled the plan in readiness for taking over Highways Agency (HA) responsibilities from next April.

Graham Dalton, HA chief executive, called the scheme an "important milestone" regarding England's major roads. He said the plan would mean "better journeys", "better roads" and "smarter" working.

Highways England is also expected to launch a new nationwide cycling strategy before December 2015.

Copyright Press Association 2014