Motorways afflicted by regular lane closures

August 7, 2014 | By | In Advice

Several UK motorways didn’t operate at full capacity for a single day last year, reveals Swiftcover. Statistics received through a Freedom of Information request show that the M1, M4, M5, M6 and M25 had lane closures on every day in 2013.

The M54 in Shropshire and Staffordshire and the M60 in north-west England also had some closures for the 365 days of 2013, while a number of other motorways weren’t far behind. There were lane closures on 358 days for the M62, 357 days for the M40 and 355 days for the M27 in Hampshire.

The least affected motorway however, was the M48 which crosses from England to South Wales, though this is only 12 miles long. The M65 in Lancashire saw only 40 days of closures, while there were 55 days of closures on the 12-mile long M58, reports the Telegraph.

According to Swiftcover, more than a third of the UK’s motorways had lane closures for at least half of the year, while a quarter were only fully open for 25 days or less. This situation could get worse too, following future road work projects.

Some of our busiest road networks are never fully operational, and lane closures and diversions are a source of real frustration to drivers.

Swiftcover said: “Motorists can expect an increase in motorway road works during 2014 as a result of the government’s £317 million “pinch point” programme. This ambitious programme includes 123 extensive road works projects across the UK. However, less than a quarter of these have so far been completed.”

Roman Bryl, product manager at Swiftcover stated: “Some of our busiest road networks are never fully operational, and lane closures and diversions are a source of real frustration to drivers.

“Obviously it is important that motorways are kept in a good state of repair, but maintenance works can be very disruptive and stressful.” 

Bryl added: “Drivers should bear in mind that motorways may not actually be the quickest route for their journey, and plan ahead in order to avoid potential delays.”

Road closure figures were sourced from the Highways Agency by insurer Swiftcover.

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