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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Highways Agency will be helping holidaymakers have happy holidays by keeping traffic moving over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
About 164 miles of roadworks will be completed before the August Bank Holiday weekend and 110 miles will be suspended between Friday and Tuesday, providing extra lane capacity for holiday traffic.
Highways Agency director of 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 – with roadworks lifted, more lanes will be open and many of the associated speed restrictions will also be lifted.
“To help road users, 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 and make sure they have maintained their vehicles, including trailers and caravans before setting out.”
Drivers can find out about the busiest routes in their region by looking at the agency’s website which shows the holiday hotspot routes over the August Bank Holiday period and the times they are expected to be busiest.
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 www.highways.gov.uk, at 0300 123 5000 and through 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.