To help journeys flow more smoothly and to keep disruption to a minimum, more than 97% of motorways and strategic A-roads will be roadworks-free in time for Christmas, meaning motorists and hauliers alike can get on with last-minute shopping and delivery journeys with as little disruption as possible.
Where it is safe to do so, roadworks will be lifted or suspended on England’s motorways and major A-roads by 6 am on Friday 21 December until 12.01 am on Wednesday 2 January.
Highways England’s customer service director Melanie Clarke said: “We’re doing everything we can to make journeys as smooth as possible for this Christmas getaway and that’s why we’re keeping more than 97% of our road network free from roadworks.
“We know that the Christmas period is one of the busiest times on our roads and we’d also like to remind people about the importance of checking their vehicle before setting off on their journeys. Simple things like checking your fuel and oil levels, tyre pressures and that all lights are working properly, can keep you moving and the network flowing.”
Highways England traffic officers will be working around the clock, patrolling the network to help those people who do get into difficulty.