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News | Miles of roadworks lifted for Christmas

Date Posted: 24th December 2018

It's good news for drivers heading away for Christmas as Highways England lifts more than 200 miles of roadworks in time for the festive getaway.

To help journeys flow more smoothly and to keep disruption to a minimum, more than 97 per cent of motorways and strategic A roads will be roadworks-free in time for Christmas, meaning motorists and hauliers alike can get on with last-minute shopping and delivery journeys with as little disruption as possible. But roadworks on the M20 and A2070 will be remaining due to the ongoing work to build the new junction 10a.

Where it is safe to do so, roadworks will be lifted or suspended on England's motorways and major A-roads by 6am on Friday 21 December until 12.01am on Wednesday 2 January.

Highways England's customer service director, Melanie Clarke, said:

"We're doing everything we can to make journeys as smooth as possible for this Christmas getaway and that's why we're keeping more than 97 per cent of our road network free from roadworks.

"We know that the Christmas period is one of the busiest times on our roads and we'd also like to remind people about the importance of checking their vehicle before setting off on their journeys. Simple things like checking your fuel and oil levels, tyre pressures and that all lights are working properly, can keep you moving and the network flowing."

Highways England traffic officers will be working around the clock, patrolling the network to help those people who do get into difficulty.

And the company responsible for managing England's major road network is also reminding people to leave plenty of distance between themselves and the vehicle in front to avoid tailgating.

Statistics the company released earlier this year show that one in eight of all road casualties are caused by people who drive too close to the vehicle in front, with more than 100 people killed or seriously injured each year.

Highways England has a dedicated webpage where drivers can find more information about tailgating and what they can do to stay safe:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dont-be-a-space-invader-stay-safe-stay-back-says-highways-england

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