Roadworks reprieve for drivers during festive break

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National Highways has announced it will be removing 900 miles of roadworks for Christmas.

Therefore, almost 98% of roads will be free of roadworks from today until Tuesday 4th January 2022.

As a result, thousands of travellers will be able to make smoother journeys to see family (covid restrictions-permitting!).

Data from National Highways suggests that this Thursday is likely to be one of the busier travel days on the roads.

However, drivers will be happy to hear traffic levels are not expected to be any higher than usual. 

Meanwhile, National Highways is encouraging drivers to check their vehicles.

In addition, they are being advised to check traffic and weather conditions before departing.

National Highways Customer Service Director, Melanie Clarke emphasised the importance of these checks. 

“We don’t want roadworks to spoil Christmas,” she said. 

“Therefore, we’re doing everything we can to make journeys as smooth as possible.

“That’s why we’re keeping almost 98 per cent of the road network we manage free from roadworks.” 

Continuing, Clarke explained that the National Highways control room teams and traffic officer patrols are ready.

“We know from experience that peak travel times can vary in the run up to Christmas. 

“So, we’re encouraging drivers to check traffic conditions before heading out to help keep traffic flowing. 

There are a number of measures motorists are being advised to take by National Highways.

For example, checking fuel, tyre condition and engine oil are important steps to take. 

In addition, drivers should also monitor how much water and screen wash is onboard.

Finally, lights have also been identified as an area to check.

“If your lights are not functioning properly, you are putting yourself at risk,” warned National Highways. 

“In addition, light malfunctions can be a reason for your vehicle to fail its MOT.”

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