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
'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
- 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
- If you feel tired pull off the road to a safe haven, for example a
Motorway Service Area, and take a break.
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
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
A483 Posthouse Roundabout, Chester: One lane closed on the A483 north
to A55 eastbound entry slip road during work on new link road. 24
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.
M11 J 9 to Newport (south of Junction 9): 24 hour contraflow with 2
lanes running in each direction. 40 mph speed limit.
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.
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.
M2/A2 J 1 - 4, Strood: Various lane closures during widening work.
2 lanes remain open in each direction with 50 mph speed limit
M2 J 5 - 6, Faversham: Lane 2 closed London-bound with hard shoulder
running following carriageway subsidence. No diversion in place.
A46 Skellingthorpe: Northbound lane 1 closure for foot/cycleway
construction works. Slight delays possible during busy periods.
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.
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.
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
M6 J 4 (A446 Coventry Road): Works will continue throughout the
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
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.