Over the Easter period, the Highways Agency will be completing or removing roadworks from as many of England's motorways and major trunk roads as possible, to make journeys easier for road users, wherever it is safe to do so.
Minister for roads, Stephen Ladyman, said:
'Drivers will enjoy easier journeys over the holiday weekend as the Highways Agency, once again, lifts as many roadworks as possible on Englands motorways and major roads.'
'Thanks to the Agency's information services, drivers can check on road conditions before they set out, over the phone or online - as well as by listening to radio travel bulletins when on the move. If you know where the hold-ups are, you can choose to take a different route, or allow more time for your journey.'
Roadworks and lane restrictions will be removed between Thursday 13 April and midnight on Easter Monday. Twenty-six roadworks were programmed and completed just ahead of the holidays by the Agency.
For safety reasons, roadworks at forty locations will remain.
As part of the Highways Agency's aim to help drivers plan ahead for their journeys, traffic and travel information will be freely available at new information points at 24 Welcome Break service stations across England, as well as on the Agency's real-time traffic website, Traffic England and internet radio; all fed through in real time from the Agency's high-tech 24-hour National Traffic Control Centre in Birmingham.
Motorists can access this information via:
Highways Agency website www.highways.gov.uk/trafficinfo Highways Agency voice activated telephone service (24 hours a day - calls charged at local rate) on 08700 660 115 Traffic adviser 24 hours a day at the Highways Agency Information Line (HAIL) on 08457 50 40 30 Traffic and travel news broadcasts on radio and TV
350 electronic roadside message signs located at key junctions on the strategic road network give drivers the opportunity to change route if there is a problem ahead. And 1,400 safety signs are used to manage traffic locally in the event of incidents and emergencies to provide warnings of stationary or slow-moving traffic, protecting those at the back of queues
To avoid heavy traffic or possible bad weather, the Agency encourages drivers to plan their routes and to allow extra time to complete journeys safely.
See below for list for roadworks suspended, completed and those that will remain.
The list does not include any emergency repair work that may be necessary in the event of unplanned incidents.
1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. It manages, maintains and improves England's motorways and trunk roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.
2. The Highways Agency traffic information website is at www.highways.gov.uk/trafficinfo.
3. For real-time traffic information, the Highways Agency 24-hour voice activated telephone service is on 08700 660 115. (Calls from BT landlines to 0870 numbers will cost no more than 8p per minute; mobile calls usually cost more)
4. For general information about the Highways Agency and its work, visit the Highways Agency website www.highways.gov.uk, or telephone the Highways Agency information line on 08457 50 40 30 (Calls from BT landlines to 0845 numbers will cost no more than 4p per minute; mobile calls usually cost more. Service operates: 8am to 8pm weekdays, 9am to 5pm weekends).
Remember that tiredness kills. Take regular breaks from driving.
(27 in total, length of roadworks removed 53 miles)
M20 J4 Leybourne, Kent
East and East Midlands
A46/A607 Syston, nr Leicester
A1 Coddington to Balderton, Newark
A45 Little Irchester to Knuston, Wellingborough
M50 Ross on Wye
A40 Ross on Wye
M5 Bromsgrove to Strensham
A449 Stourbridge Road, Wombourne and Wolverhampton
A46 Ashchurch to Aston Cross nr Tewkesbury
A46 Pamington Lane nr Tewkesbury
A49 Poolmill, Ross on Wye
A449 Wall Heath, Dudley
M6 Yarnfield to Long Compton, Stafford
A38 Bassetts Pole, Sutton Coldfield
M6 Keele, Stoke on Trent
A5 Nesscliffe to Montford Bridge, combined cycleway/footway
M4/M5 Almondsbury Interchange, Bristol
M4 Bath, Swindon
A38 Liskeard By-pass carriageway reconstruction
A696 Newcastle Airport, Newcastle upon Tyne
M6 Bridge renewal, Preston
A590, Lindal in Furness
A590 Meathop to Catcragg resurfacing scheme
26 Works completed
in time for the Easter break (43 miles)
East & East Midlands
M1 J28, Alfreton, Derby, junction improvement
M1 Nene Valley, Northampton, under bridge parapet replacement
M1 River Ouzel, Milton Keynes, Bridge Support works
A46, Stratford Upon Avon, resurfacing
M42 J10-11 N/B resurfacing
A45 Tollbar to Peugeot, Coventry, resurfacing
M1 phase 1, Lutterworth, resurfacing & drainage works
A40 Huntley-Birdwood, Gloucester, resurfacing
M5 Huntworth Interchange, bridge protection
M4 J20-19, motorway communications
M4 J19 to M32 J2, Bristol, motorway communications
A38 Peartree to Drybridge, Ashburton resurfacing
A38 Turfdown, Bodmin, Junction improvement
A1 Haggerston, Berwick-upon-Tweed, resurfacing
A1 Renwick, Berwick-upon-Tweed, resurfacing
A1 Adderstone Lowmill to Outchester, Berwick-upon-Tweed, resurfacing
A1(M) J 63, Chester-le-Street, traffic signalling
A1(M) /A194 (M) Durham
A1 Hampeth Burn, Environmental work
A19 Moor Farm Roundabout, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Signing works
A66 Scotch Corner, Richmond, North Yorkshire, Resurfacing works
A1 Cheswick, Berwick -Upon-Tweed Resurfacing
A66 (M) Darlington, Resurfacing
A1 Scottish border, Berwick -Upon-Tweed, lining and studding
M57 J7/M58, Switch Island, Maghull, major junction improvements
A550 Shotwick A5117 to M53, major improvements
40 schemes Traffic Management Remaining (78 miles)
A282 Dartford Crossing - Tunnel Maintenance One tunnel closed overnight for essential maintenance. Closure due to traffic volume.
M20 J4 - noise barrier
All three lanes closed southbound. Safety barrier is incomplete.
A27 Cut Mill - between Havant and Chichester Drainage improvements remain due to open excavations in the road
A34 M4 J13 - Bridge pier protection
Lane closed on roundabout due to major structural repairs.
A34 Peartree to Weston, near Oxford
Major resurfacing works continues including incomplete safety barrier.
A249 Stockbury, M2 J5 Sheerness Docks
Construction of Sheppey Crossing. Open excavations to allow bridge construction
Handy Cross Junction Improvements. Retaining walls under construction.
A1(M) Hatfield J3 - Roehyde
Junction improvement scheme, open excavations.
A12 Colchester J26-J27
Eight Ash Green to Spring Lane. New street lighting scheme. No delays expected
A14 Felixstowe J60 - J61 Port of Felixstowe Road Installation of new footbridge. No delays expected
A14 Nacton J57 - J58 Nacton to Levington Pier strengthening works. No delays expected
A14 Claydon J51 - J52 Beacon Hill to Claydon Strengthening the bridge piers. No delays expected
M11 J9 - 8 Bishops Stortford
Resurfacing work. Incomplete safety barrier and open excavations remain
A1 Bedfordshire, Black Cat Roundabout nr St. Neots Great Barford Bypass construction. Open excavations remain.
A421 Bedfordshire, east of Bedford Southern Bypass Great Barford Bypass Construction. Safety of road user
A11 Attleborough Bypass
Fen Road roundabout. Drainage works.
M40 Bicester J9 & 10
Installation of new signalling. Open excavations
M40 Yardley J10 Southbound
Signalling upgrade. Open excavations
M1 near Luton J8 to 10
Part of the major M1 J 6a - 10 widening scheme.
A46 Warwick Bypass
A46 /A4177 Interchange. Open excavations
A49/A465 Belmont Roundabout & Ross Road/Holme Lacey Road. Safety requirements
A38 Beech Lane. Parapet replacement. Safety reasons
M6 J12 to Penkridge. Resurfacing. Limited works remain
Cliff Railway Bridge, parapet protection works. Open excavations
A50 Stoke on Trent
Trentham Lakes A50 between Queensway roundabout and Heron Cross Roundabout. Open excavations and scaffolding
A500 Stoke on Trent narrow lanes, 30mph temporary speed limit
M5 Bristol J19 - 20 Northbound and Southbound Naish Hill and Tickenham Hill Climbing Lanes Aims. Road user safety
A419/A4259 Commonhead Junction, junction improvement. Drainage excavations
Chiverton Roundabout junction improvements. No lane closures, Reduced works
A30 Okehampton, Devon
A382/C50 Merrymeet, Junction Improvement. Some delay due to lane closures
A30 Bodmin - Indian Queens Bypass
A30/A389/A391 Innis Down to Victoria, carriageway construction, 40 mph speed limit for safety reasons. Some delays due to proximity of construction works
M60 Manchester J5 to 8 limited lane closures remain in place Road widening. Hard shoulder closures will be removed where possible
Surtees Bridge between A1130 and A135. Some delay due to 30mph limit
A63 Melton/North Ferriby
Gibson Lane, Junction improvement works. Road user safety, no lane closures during Bank Holiday period.
A1 Aberford J44 Northbound
Road widening. Non standard road markings.
A19 A168 Thirsk Bypass
Interchange to A168/B1448 Warren Farm Interchange. Temporary road works in place, some delay but full contraflow removed and 2 lanes restored in each direction
Hangman's Lane and A19/A183 Chester Road Interchange
J62 to J61 Southbound
Bridge pier replacement work, narrow lanes 1 & 2 50mph speed limit
J7 (A556) Open excavations
M621 Belle Isle Leeds
Closure of southbound exit slip road at junction 6. Signed diversion route in place via junction 7.