Highways England has promised to lift over 400 miles of roadworks over the Easter weekend.
Around 459 miles of on-going roadworks will be removed between 6:00am on Thursday 18 April and 12:01am on Tuesday 23 April; meaning 99% of England’s arterial road network will be roadwork-free over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
Highways England’s traffic officers will still remain on station over the weekend to help motorists who become stranded or are involved in an accident.
The organisation has advised motorists to carry out a range of basic vehicle checks to help prevent breakdowns that could cause issues for traffic over the weekend. Motorists are being asked to check they have enough fuel, as well as checking tyre pressures and condition, engine oil, washer fluid and carrying out light checks to help avoid unnecessary breakdowns.
They are also advising drivers familiarise themselves with smart motorway signage. Overhead gantries display a red X in any lane that is closed if there is an incident. Driving in a red X lane is dangerous and illegal, carrying a penalty charge of up to £100 and three points on the driver’s licence.
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 around 99% of the road network we manage free from roadworks.”
“Safety is our top priority and we know from experience that almost half of breakdowns can easily be avoided if motorists carry out simple vehicle checks before setting off over this period.”
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