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KEEPING EASTER HOLIDAY TRAFFIC ON THE MOVE

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The Highways Agency will be keeping as many lanes as possible open on ...
The Highways Agency will be keeping as many lanes as possible open on

England's motorway and trunk road network over the Easter bank

holiday weekend. Wherever possible, road maintenance is being

suspended to make life easier for travellers.

Work will be halted on many road works schemes around the country.

Where restrictions such as lane closures have to be kept in place for

safety reasons, the agency is aiming to minimise disruption.

John Spellar, transport minister, said:

'The motorways and trunk roads will be much busier around the Easter

holidays, particularly to popular destinations and resorts. The

Highways Agency has lifted as many roadworks as it can to help

traffic flow as freely as possible and help drivers get to their

destinations.

'There is good news for those drivers travelling to Devon and

Cornwall where work to provide an extra lane on the M5 at Junction 31

near Exeter has been completed in time for Easter. The additional

lane will take traffic heading to west Devon and Cornwall more

directly onto the A30 from the M5. It will improve safety and reduce

congestion at this busy junction.

'The Highways Agency together with the Think! campaign are using

signs on the motorway to encourage drivers to take regular breaks.

This not only helps prevent tiredness-related accidents, but also

makes driving long-distances more pleasant.'

Motorists can get up-to-the-minute advice about roadworks and

travelling conditions on the motorway and trunk road network by

telephoning the Highways Agency Information Line on 08457 504030.

Information is also available at www.highways.gov.uk

The Highways Agency offers the following advice to Easter holiday

road travellers:

- Plan journeys well in advance. Check your route with the AA or

RAC, and check the current travel conditions by contacting the

Highways Agency Information Line (08457 504030).

- Before setting off on a long journey , make sure your vehicle is in

good working order.

- While travelling, tune into the radio to keep up with the latest

information on road conditions.

- Consider planning your journey to avoid the busiest times if you

can. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination and take regular

breaks.

- If you feel tired pull off the road to a safe haven, for example a

Motorway Service Area, and take a break.

Notes:

1. Information about roadwork schemes over the holiday period follows

at Note 4. Please note that traffic management may have to be replaced

very quickly after the holiday to allow work to continue to schedule.

Drivers need to be prepared for the return of traffic management and

should approach roadworks with caution and take note of any signs or

signals which may be in operation.

2. The Highways Agency Information Line phone number is 08457 504030.

Over the Easter bank holiday weekend the information line will be

open from 9am - 5pm everyday. This is in addition to its normal

weekday opening hours of 8am until 8pm.

3. The Highways Agency is an Executive Agency of the Department of

Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which manages, maintains

and improves the network of trunk roads and motorways in England on

behalf of the secretary of state. It works closely with other

transport operators and with local authorities to integrate the trunk

road network with the rest of England's roads and other forms of

travel.

4. Eleven roadworkers were killed in Highways Agency roadworks

between October 2000 and February 2002 by moving traffic. This

equates to a 1 in 1000 chance of being killed. The Highways Agency,

with the support of the Driving Standards Agency and the Department

for Transport, has created six messages to raise driver awareness to

help prevent accidents:

- Keep to the speed limit - it is there for your safety

- Get into the correct lane in good time - don' t keep switching

- Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks

- Be alert for works traffic leaving or entering roadworks

- Keep a safe distance - there could be queues in front

- Observe all signs - they are there to help you.

Roadworks That May Cause Delays Over Easter: 18-22 April 2003

Cheshire

A483 Posthouse Roundabout, Chester: One lane closed on the A483 north

to A55 eastbound entry slip road during work on new link road. 24

hour working.

M53 northbound J 5 - 7, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire: Gantry construction

works - 2 narrow lanes northbound with the hard shoulder closed.

Southbound between J 5 - 6 there will be a give way for traffic

entering south bound at J 5 A41, to J 6 to Vauxhall Car Plant south.

Essex

M11 J 9 to Newport (south of Junction 9): 24 hour contraflow with 2

lanes running in each direction. 40 mph speed limit.

Greater Manchester

M62 J 18 - 20 Greater Manchester: Major Maintenance works affecting

east and westbound carriageways.

M6 J 20 - 21 Thelwall Viaduct: Current traffic management

arrangements will remain over the Easter period.

Hertfordshire

A120 Puckeridge Roundabout, J A10/A120: Roadworks for roundabout

reconstruction. 1 lane entry and exit to roundabout from all

directions and single lane contraflow on southbound carriageway of

A10 for 300m south of the roundabout.

Kent

M2/A2 J 1 - 4, Strood: Various lane closures during widening work.

2 lanes remain open in each direction with 50 mph speed limit

restrictions.

M2 J 5 - 6, Faversham: Lane 2 closed London-bound with hard shoulder

running following carriageway subsidence. No diversion in place.

Lincolnshire

A46 Skellingthorpe: Northbound lane 1 closure for foot/cycleway

construction works. Slight delays possible during busy periods.

Nottinghamshire

M1 Junction 24 to 25: Major maintenance has lead to traffic

management and contraflow with 5 0mph limits. Three lanes will still

remain in each direction.

Staffordshire

M6 J 12Gailey Interchange Bridge: 2 lanes running around the

roundabout. No lane closures on the main carrigeway.

A5 Wall Island to Weeford Junctions: Works will continue throughout

the Easter period.

A5 Churchbridge: works will continue throughout the Easter period.

A38 Minley Roundabout to Bassetts Pole Roundabout: Works will

continue throughout the Easter period.

Surrey

M25 Clockwise Jct 9 to 10 Oaklawn Bridge: Restricted to three lane

running and 50mph limit for emergency bridge repair works. Slight

delays expected during peak periods. Traffic management remains for

safety reasons.

Warwickshire

M6 J 4 (A446 Coventry Road): Works will continue throughout the

Easter period.

M42 J 3A to 7: 3 lanes will be maintained in each direction.

M42 J 7A to 9: 2 lanes in each direction will be maintained for M6

Toll works.

West Yorkshire

A646 Callis Bridge between Todmorden and Hebdon Bridge, west

Yorkshire Single lane working with traffic signal control for safety

due to collapsed wall. Westbound carriageway closed 24 hours for all

of Easter period. Full closures of eastbound and westbound

carriageways as follows (diversion will be in place): 0001 hours on

Sunday 6 April to 0200 hours on Monday 7 April and 0001 hours on

Sunday 13 April to 0200 hours on Monday 14 April 2003.

A650 Bingley: Traffic management in the form of narrow lanes and

signing, is in place on the A650 at Cottingley Bar and Keighley Road

Bridge Cossflatts. Traffic management with signals is also in place

at Ferncliffe Road which is a local side road. On the A650 two way

flow is maintained at all times and there are no traffic lights for

the road works, but there is a 20mph speed restriction at Keighley

Road Bridge (the usual limit is 30mph).

A1033 Hedon Road, Hull: Traffic management between Southcotes

Roundabou t and Elba Street will comprise of two lanes eastbound (one

lane during off peak periods) and one westbound and a temporary

mandatory speed limit. There will also be two way single lane running

between Somerdon Roundabout and Salt End.

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