Highways England has announced it is to complete or halt 148 roadworks schemes by 6am tomorrow to free up the network for Christmas traffic.
After the deadline has passed, 98% of the network is expected to be roadwork free. Of the schemes, 105 will be completed and 43 will be temporarily halted until midnight on Saturday January 2 – a map shows the affected schemes.
“It’s impossible to improve roads without some element of engineering work, but I also know how frustrating they can be. We are determined to apply common sense to our roads so we can minimise disruption,” said Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin.
Highways England director of customer operations Melanie Clarke added: “Where possible, we’ve completed or lifted roadworks, leaving more lanes open and lifting many of the associated speed restrictions to help people travelling over the festive period.”