|Highways England clears the way to Easter holiday destinations|
|Highways England is helping people travelling to seaside locations, ports and airports this Easter by lifting as many roadworks as possible.
In recent weeks, motorways and major A roads leading to Blackpool, the south coast, Dover and Luton Airport have all undergone vital improvement work.
But as these routes will see increased traffic over the Easter period, Highways England is removing some 300 miles of roadworks to make journeys better for drivers and their passengers. That means around 99 per cent of motorways and major A-roads will be roadworks-free in time for Easter.
The move has been welcomed by coach travel company National Express.
“It’s great that Highways England have lifted roadworks on key routes, including those serving airports, helping us make sure we can get passengers where they need to be for their Easter plans.”
Notable locations benefitting from works lifted or completed includes which are likely to see increased traffic includes:
Highways England’s customer service director, Melanie Clarke, said: “We’re doing everything we can to make journeys as smooth as possible this Easter and that’s why we’re keeping 99 per cent of the road network we manage, free from roadworks.
Highways England data also shows of the more than 1bn miles travelled in the week leading up to Easter last year, more than 280 million miles were on Maundy Thursday alone; that’s almost 20 million more than the preceding Thursday.
Highways England closes lanes for a reason and drivers ignoring red X signs put themselves and others at risk.
Highways England is the government-owned company responsible for modernising, maintaining and operating England’s motorways and major A roads.
Real-time traffic information for England’s motorways and major A roads is available via its website ( www.trafficengland.com), local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile apps. Local Twitter services are also available at www.highways.gov.uk/twitter.