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EASTER GETAWAY - HIGHWAYS AGENCY LIFTS 27 MAJOR ROADWORKS ON ENGLAND'S MOTORWAYS AND A-ROADS

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Roadworks at 27 major locations on English motorways and major A-roads will be removed for the Easter weekend, the ...
Roadworks at 27 major locations on English motorways and major A-roads will be removed for the Easter weekend, the Highways Agency announced today.

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.

The Highways Agency advises the public to seek information about roadworks on specific routes, before they set out, which should help to ensure that they reach their destination safely, and avoid troublespots.

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.

Notes

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.

Work suspended

(27 in total, length of roadworks removed 53 miles)

South East

M20 J4 Leybourne, Kent

East and East Midlands

A46/A607 Syston, nr Leicester

A1 Coddington to Balderton, Newark

A45 Little Irchester to Knuston, Wellingborough

West Midlands

M50 Ross on Wye

M50 Strensham

M6 Bescot

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

South West

M4/M5 Almondsbury Interchange, Bristol

M4 Bath, Swindon

A38 Liskeard By-pass carriageway reconstruction

North

A696 Newcastle Airport, Newcastle upon Tyne

M6 Bridge renewal, Preston

A590, Lindal in Furness

M621 Leeds

A1 Morpeth

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

West Midlands

A46, Stratford Upon Avon, resurfacing

M42 J10-11 N/B resurfacing

A45 Tollbar to Peugeot, Coventry, resurfacing

M1 phase 1, Lutterworth, resurfacing & drainage works

South West

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

North

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)

South East

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

A404/M40 J4

Handy Cross Junction Improvements. Retaining walls under construction.

A1(M) Hatfield J3 - Roehyde

Junction improvement scheme, open excavations.

East

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.

West Midlands

A46 Warwick Bypass

A46 /A4177 Interchange. Open excavations

A49 Hereford

A49/A465 Belmont Roundabout & Ross Road/Holme Lacey Road. Safety requirements

A38 Burton

A38 Beech Lane. Parapet replacement. Safety reasons

M6 Penkridge

M6 J12 to Penkridge. Resurfacing. Limited works remain

M42 Tamworth

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

South West

M5 Bristol J19 - 20 Northbound and Southbound Naish Hill and Tickenham Hill Climbing Lanes Aims. Road user safety

A419 Swindon

A419/A4259 Commonhead Junction, junction improvement. Drainage excavations

A30 Truro

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

North

M60 Manchester J5 to 8 limited lane closures remain in place Road widening. Hard shoulder closures will be removed where possible

A66 Stockton-on-Tees

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

A19 Sunderland

Hangman's Lane and A19/A183 Chester Road Interchange

A1(M) Durham

J62 to J61 Southbound

Bridge pier replacement work, narrow lanes 1 & 2 50mph speed limit

M56 Bowdon

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.

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