400 miles of roadworks lifted to ease congestion this Christmas

Hundreds of miles of roadworks will be lifted to ease congestion over the busy Christmas period.

Highways England has announced that an embargo will be placed on certain motorways and congested A roads to help ease traffic flow between December 22 and January 2.

Temporary speed limits and further lanes are to be opened over the festive period, either due to temporary suspension or completion of the roadworks.

Millions of extra motorists are expected to take to the roads around Christmas and New Year, bringing millions more vehicles on to roads than normal.

Melanie Clark, customer service director at Highways England, said: “We’re doing everything we can to make journeys smoother this Christmas and that’s why we’re keeping 99 per cent of the road network we manage free this festive period.”

Repair teams are also going to be working to complete hundreds of miles of road improvements before the holiday season starts.

Schemes set to finish before Christmas include those on the A446 in Warwickshire, the M1 around Leicester and the A38 in Derby.

Roadworks are also going to be lifted temporarily on the M1 in Yorkshire, the M23 in Surrey and the M20 in Kent.

However, RAC spokesperson Rod Dennis warned that the lifting of the roadworks will not eliminate hold-ups due to the influx of motorists taking to the roads.

“We strongly recommend drivers to plan their journeys carefully and try and avoid peak times if they can.

“Those on the hunt for Christmas gifts are advised to stick to weekdays for their shopping wherever possible, to avoid the inevitable traffic jams that are a characteristic of the few frantic weekends before Christmas.”

Ted Welford


December 5, 2017

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