Nearly all motorways clear of roadworks for bank holiday

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

Around 328 miles of roadworks will be completed before the August bank holiday weekend and 151 miles will be suspended between Friday 24 August and Tuesday 28 August, providing extra lane capacity for holiday traffic.

Highways Agency, Director – 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 – more lanes will be open and many speed restrictions will also be lifted.

“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.”

Roadworks at 112 locations will be completed before the bank holiday. A further 43 sets of roadworks and lane restrictions will be removed by 6am on Friday, August 23, and will not be put back before midnight on Tuesday, August 27.

For the safety of drivers and their passengers, lane restrictions or temporary speed limits will need to remain in place at 25 locations. (Details below).

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.

The Highways Agency keeps road users informed about current road conditions through its website (www.highways.gov.uk), local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile platforms. There are also feeds of live traffic updates and other information on Twitter to help people plan their journeys. For more information and a full index go to www.highways.gov.uk/twitter.