Highways England to lift roadworks over bank holiday weekend
21 August 2017
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Highways England has announced it will lift more than 98% of roadworks over the bank holiday weekend in order to help people travel over the period.
The government agency said it will be removing 445 miles of roadworks from motorways and A roads by 6am this Friday and won't put them back before 12.01am on Tuesday 29 August.
Highways England has also teamed up with road safety group IAM RoadSmart to make sure vehicles are ready for journeys, after revealing that 20 motorists broke down each day during July and August last year because they had run out of fuel.
According to Highways England and IAM, almost half of all breakdowns could be avoided. Before drivers set off, the government is urging motorists to check fuel and water levels; lights; tyres (prior to setting off on a long/significant journey, check pressure and the condition, including the spare); and engine oil (use a dipstick to check oil before any long journey, and top up if needed).
Highways England also launched a number of videos to help motorists carry out vehicle checks, which can be found on the Think website.
"We're lifting more than 98% of roadworks this bank holiday to help people get where they need to as safely and quickly as possible," said Nick Harris, Highways England operations director. "If you're driving out to enjoy the late summer bank holiday, make sure you take a few vital minutes to check your vehicle, especially if you haven't done so for a while."
Neil Greig, policy and research director at IAM RoadSmart, added: "It's excellent news that most roadworks will be lifted over the bank holiday. The onus is now on drivers to minimise the number of preventable incidents by driving safely, and preparing themselves and their vehicles properly."