Roadworks to be suspended over Christmas
By: Elizabeth Smythe
19 December 2011
The Highways Agency has announced it is to lift roadworks over the Christmas period, according to Pressit.
Millions of motorists are expected to hit the roads over the next week, therefore the move has been made in an attempt to make travelling across the UK far easier - particularly as road conditions in some parts may be treacherous due to snow or ice.
Those in driving and logistics work, for whom the festive season is particularly busy, may be additionally relieved to learn that the Highways Agency has pledged to complete 118 sets of roadworks on motorways and A roads throughout the country.
However, in some parts - including the M1 and M25 - lane restrictions will remain in place, purely in the interests of safety. Temporary traffic lights will also be erected.
In total, 500 miles of roadworks will be completed before December 23rd and 60 miles of works will be suspended between December 23rd - January 3rd.
The UK transport secretary, Justine Greening, explained the move on Fresh Business Thinking: "More than 98 per cent of the strategic road network will be roadworks free, meaning that more lanes will be open and many speed restrictions lifted.
"The Highways Agency is well prepared for winter, but experience form recent years shows that we must all play our part. I'd urge all drivers to make time for winter and visit the Highways Agency's website, where there are lots of tips to help keep winter journeys safe and trouble free."
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