Highways Agency steps in to clear roads for weekend getaway

To help the August Bank Holiday getaway, the Highways Agency has said that will be working to keep as many lanes as possible open on its network of English motorways and trunk roads.

Where accidents and incidents occur, teams will be working with the police to re-open lanes as quickly as possible, the agency said.

Roadworks will be lifted to free up lanes, although for the safety of drivers and roadworkers, traffic management will have to stay in place at some locations.

Archie Robertson, Highways Agency Chief Executive, said: "I urge all road users to drive safely. Any accidents this holiday weekend will not only affect those involved, they will also contribute to congestion at a time when so many people want to travel by road.

"Where accidents occur, we will be working with the police and the emergency services to ensure lanes are re-opened as quickly as possible, and we are suspending roadworks where it is safe to do so."

Drivers, especially those on long distance journeys, are being reminded to stop for a 15-minute break at least once every two hours to improve their concentration and beat tiredness.

The message: 'Don't Drive Tired' is being displayed on selected Highways Agency message signs where they are available around the English motorway network.

Up-to-the-minute advice about roadworks and travel conditions on the motorways and trunk roads managed by the Highways Agency in England is available by phoning the agency information line on 08457 50 40 30.


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