Roadworks to be removed in time for bank holiday

Roadworks to be removed in time for bank holiday
More than 370 miles of roadworks are to be removed or completed in time for the August bank holiday to help speed up journey times for drivers.

Highways England has said it will remove the works by the morning of August 26 on motorways and major A roads in a bid to reduce congestion and disruption.

Some 319 miles of roadworks are set to be completed by the bank holiday weekend, with a further 54 miles due to be suspended for the period.

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In total, 373 miles of works will be removed, meaning that almost 98% of the UK’s motorways and major A roads will be clear in time for the long weekend.

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The roadworks will be completed or suspended from 6am on August 26 to 12am on August 30.

It is hoped this will help to open more lanes on the affected stretches of road, while journey times should be improved as temporary speed restrictions are lifted.

Drivers travelling over the bank holiday are also being advised to plan their trips to make sure they arrive at their destination safely and with minimal delay.

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.

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“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.”

Drivers can use the RAC’s Route Planner to prepare their travel and get information on traffic, as well as work out the likely mileage of their journey.

Advice is also available for those planning to travel on smart motorways, where in some instances the hard shoulder is used by vehicles as a running lane.

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