Devon roadworks lifted for Easter bank holiday
Road users travelling on the 9534 carriageway miles of England s motorways and major A roads over the Easter bank holiday will benefit from the suspension or completion of 60% of roadworks by the Highways Agency to help drivers make smoother journeys over the Easter weekend
Road users travelling on the 9534 carriageway miles of England's motorways and major A roads over the Easter bank holiday will benefit from the suspension or completion of 60% of roadworks by the Highways Agency to help drivers make smoother journeys over the Easter weekend.
A total of 74 sets of roadworks are due to be completed and a further 60 are due to be suspended before 06:00 on Thursday 1 April. Roadworks at 40 locations will remain in place for the safety of drivers and their passengers.
During the 2009-10 financial year, the Highways Agency has been delivering its usual programme of maintenance and improvements to the strategic road network as well as delivering the Government's fiscal stimulus initiative, which brought forward some �400m of additional investment in the road network as part of a wider package of measures to help kick start the UK economy and help secure jobs in the construction industry.
By carrying out this work, there have been more roadwork schemes on the Motorways and major A roads than in previous years as the funding has enabled the early commencement of a number of schemes to facilitate the delivery of the managed motorways programme and bring forward other major improvements. Despite experiencing delays to roadworks caused by the most prolonged and severe winter in the UK for the last 30 years, the Highways Agency is committed to keeping any disruption caused by these improvements to an absolute minimum which is why we are lifting 60% of roadworks this Easter.
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The move is part of the Highways Agency's commitment to ease congestion, helping drivers to make their journeys safely and reliably.
For many areas of the country, this Thursday sees the start of the school holidays and the Easter bank holiday weekend. This means that fewer families will be able to plan an early getaway and more people can be expected on the roads on Thursday evening and during Good Friday.
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Derek Turner, the Highways Agency's Director for Network Delivery and Development, said:
"Over the Easter bank holiday, many people will be using our motorways and major A roads to begin their family holiday or get away for a long weekend.
"We wish to thank road users for their patience while we have been delivering these additional works which have been part of the Government's package of measures to help secure jobs in the construction industry. We wish to reassure the travelling public that the Highways Agency is lifting as many roadworks as is safe and practical to do so for this Easter bank holiday.
"Removing roadworks is just one way we help road users during bank holidays. Our Traffic Officer Service will be on patrol and working in our control centres to help traffic flow smoothly and we will continue to provide up to the minute journey planning advice though our website, electronic road signs and the media."
Roadworks and lane restrictions will be removed by 06:00 on Thursday 1 April and will not be put back before 00:01 on Tuesday 6 April