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Many miles of roadworks lifted for August Bank Holiday

Aug 24, 2016
Highways England has announced that almost 98% of England’s motorway and major ‘A’ roads will have no roadworks this Bank Holiday as they will be lifted, or completed before the long weekend break.

The Freight Transport Association’s Head of Road Network Management Policy, Malcolm Bingham, welcomed the news saying, “Lifting such a significant number of roadworks during the Bank Holiday weekend is good news for all motorists.”  

“We know from experience there will be a significant amount of extra traffic on the national motorways and trunk roads over the next few days. FTA is urging drivers to use the roads responsibly as interruptions to the network raises the cost of moving goods to shops, supermarkets and as well as services to festivals and weekend events.” 

According to Highways England, over 170 miles of roadworks are to be lifted in the South East including areas of the M1, M4, and over 80 sets of work on the M25 alone.  

Mr Bingham continued, “Roadworks are never popular.  We know that there is due to be a significant increase in work planned over the next few years due to the large increase in road infrastructure funding, so it is even more important to make sure that what available roads space we have is maximised to facilitate reliable journeys.”

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