30/09/2011

Record Temperatures Put Strain On Motorists

With temperatures predicted to soar this weekend to a record October high, and with thousands of families heading for sunshine hotspots, the Highways Agency is urging people not to forget its summer travel advice.

Motorways and main roads heading to the beaches are likely to be busier than usual over the weekend, and families are advised to allow plenty of time for their journey - as well as to be prepared with drinks to cool off during the journey.

"Lots of people will be wanting to make the most of this hot weather, so they should prepare for their journey so tempers don't boil over too," said Head of the Highways Agency National Traffic Operations Centre Steve Crosthwaite.

"We advise people to plan their journey, allowing extra time for heavy traffic, include a break during long journeys and make sure they have water to drink.

"It's a very good idea to check the travel situation before you set off using our website and other travel services," he said.

Road users can also keep up to date with the traffic situation using the Highways Agency's mobile services, information screens at most motorways services and with data the Agency supplies to local radio stations and sat nav.

To help people heading for the beach, the Highways Agency has also switched its summer holiday routes twitter service @holidayroutes back on for the weekend.

Data is collected from thousands of sensors and cameras across the 4,300 miles of motorways and major A roads in England and fed back to control centres to help manage the traffic.

Highways Agency traffic officers will also be on hand to clear up any incidents as quickly as possible.

(BMcC/GK)

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