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Roadworks to be lifted to ease bank holiday weekend congestion

Tuesday 23 August 2016, By AutoVolo

Roadworks to be lifted to ease bank holiday weekend congestion

Roadworks to be lifted to ease bank holiday weekend congestion

More than 370 miles of roadworks are set to be lifted from the British road network over the course of the bank holiday weekend to ease congestion, Highways England has announced.

The highway authority said that “almost 98 per cent” of the country’s motorways and major A-roads would be free from roadworks by the early hours of August 26, allowing traffic access to all lanes of the road.

The agency, which is in charge of maintaining the UK’s roads, has also said that any incident “will be dealt with in under an hour.”

Jim O’Sullivan, Highways England’s chief executive, said: “This August bank holiday, we’re helping drivers with their journeys by clearing roadworks across the majority of our motorways and major A-roads in England.

“Our traffic officers will also be on patrol and working with partners to help clear any incidents.”

A total of 179 sections of roadworks will be completed by August 26, freeing up 319 miles of highways. A further 22 sections of works will be suspending, reducing congestion on a further 54 miles of road.

Suspended roadworks will be stopped between 6am on August 26 and 12.01am on August 30. The Highways Agency has also said that as a result of this, many of the associated speed limits will also be lifted. However, 46 locations will maintain their temporary speed limits, “for the safety of drivers and their passengers.”