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Highways Agency: Roadworks lifted for the Christmas and New Year getaway

Press Release  •  Dec 18, 2009 10:29 GMT

The Highways Agency will help people travelling on the roads over the Christmas and New Year holiday period by suspending or completing two-thirds of roadworks on its motorways and major A roads.

A total of 35 sets of roadworks have been completed and a further 44 are being suspended before 06:00 on Thursday 24 December to help drivers make smoother journeys over the busy festive period. Roadworks at 34 locations will remain in place for the safety of drivers and their passengers.

The move is part of the Highways Agency’s commitment to ease congestion, helping drivers to make their journeys safely and reliably.

Data collected at the Agency's National Traffic Control Centre shows that the 27 December is generally the busiest day of the Christmas period, with total traffic volume this year expected to be 50% higher than a normal Sunday.  Traffic flows are expected to be at their busiest between 10:00 and 12:00, perhaps as road users return home, visit family and friends or set out to major shopping centres.

Derek Turner, Highways Agency Director for Network Operations, said:

“Over the Christmas and New Year holidays people use our motorways and major A roads to visit friends and family, go shopping and make vital deliveries to shops and businesses. To help drivers with their journeys, we have removed as many sets of roadworks as we can, and continue to provide drivers with up to the minute journey planning advice.

“Removing roadworks is just one way we help road users at Christmas. Our Traffic Officers will be on patrol and working in our control rooms over the holiday period, to help traffic flow smoothly. Our website can help drivers plan their journeys, and by listening to DAB digital "Traffic Radio", local radio stations, or by calling our information line (08457 50 40 30) so they can keep up to date with conditions while they are on the move.

“Before starting winter journeys, drivers should check their vehicle’s tyres, oil and water and ensure they are topping up with fuel, as well as checking their route for possible delays and checking the weather forecast. These simple checks are an easy way for motorists to play their part in ensuring driving over the Christmas period is as trouble free as possible.”

Roadworks and lane restrictions will be removed by 06:00 on Thursday 24 December and will not be put back before 00:01 on Monday 4 January

The list of suspended, completed and remaining roadworks is included after notes to editors.

ENDS

Notes to editors

1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England’s motorways and major A roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.

2. Real-time traffic information for England’s motorways and major A roads is now available:

* From our new Traffic Radio service, available on DAB digital radio and the internet at www.trafficradio.org.uk To tune into the DAB service, simply press the "scan" button on your radio. The radio will tune into all available channels and you can select the new service by scrolling through the channels until you reach "Traffic Radio".

* On the internet at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic

* By phone from the Highways Agency 24-hour voice activated phone service on 08700 660 115.  (Calls from BT landlines to 0870 numbers will cost no more than 8p per minute; mobile calls usually cost more).

3.    Before using a mobile, find a safe place to park. Never stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency. Make sure it’s safe and legal before you call.

4.    For more general information about the Highways Agency and its work, visit the Highways Agency website www.highways.gov.uk, or telephone the Highways Agency Information Line on 08457 50 40 30 at any time.  (Calls to 0845 numbers cost no more than 4p/min from BT residential landlines. Call charges from other landlines and mobile networks may vary)

Safe driving at roadworks

The Highways Agency is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads.  For the safety of roadworkers and all road users, when you are approaching roadworks:

* Keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety.

* Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching.

* Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.

* Be alert for works traffic leaving or entering roadworks.

* Keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front.

* Observe all signs – they are there to help you.

For interviews and more information contact regional press officers or the National Press Office below:

North West: 0161 618 1625

North East & Yorkshire & Humber: 01924 243 744

West Midlands: 0121 421 8852

East: 01883 745364

East Midlands: 0115 855 2051

South East: 01883 745364

South West: 0117 316 5874

National Press Office: 0207 081 7443 including out of hours

ROADWORKS REMAINING: FOR SAFETY REASONS THE FOLLOWING ROADWORKS WILL REMAIN; Total remaining 34 roadwork schemes (172 miles)

NORTH WEST

Scheme: M62 J11-12 Central Reserve Concrete Barrier Scheme

Nearest Road/Town: M62- Eccles Manchester

Reason for non removal: To avoid temporary work in the future

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: M6 Lodge & Lowton

Nearest Road/Town: M6 - Newton-le-Willows

Reason for non removal: Surface partially removed

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Moderate

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH EAST

Scheme: M1 Jct. 33 - 34 Concrete Stepped Barrier Scheme

Nearest Road/Town: M1 Sheffield

Reason for non removal: Central reserve safety barrier removed

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: M62 Asset Renewals Jct. 27 – 28 Eastbound and Westbound

Nearest Road/Town: M62 Gildersome / Morley

Reason for non removal: Central reserve safety barrier removed

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: A1 Dishforth to Leeming (Area 14)

Nearest Road/Town: A1 Dishforth

Reason for non removal: Ongoing Major Widening Works unsafe to remove

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Nil to slight

WEST MIDLANDS

Scheme: M40 Junction 15 Longbridge Bypass

Nearest Road/Town: M40 junction 15, both directions

Reason for non removal: Removal of narrow lanes and temporary road markings not practicable

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: M6 Hardshoulder Strengthening

Nearest Road/Town:  Stafford & Stoke-On-Trent

Reason for non removal Scheme: Removal of narrow lanes and temporary road markings not practicable

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: M50 Queen Hill Bridge Maintenance

Nearest Road/Town: Tewkesbury

Reason for non removal: Removal of contra flow not practicable

Speed Limit: 40mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: M5 Newton Farm

Nearest Road/Town: Halesowen

Reason for non removal: Removal of narrow lanes and temporary road markings not practicable

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: M6 Birmingham Box Managed Motorways Phase 2

Nearest Road/ Town: Birmingham

Reasons for non removal: Removal of narrow lanes and temporary road markings not practicable

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Nil to Slight

EAST MIDLANDS

Scheme: A46 Widmerpool/Farndon Dualling

Nearest Road/Town: Bingham

Reason for non removal: Carriageway under construction

Speed Limit: 40mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: M1 Widening Junction 25 to 28

Nearest Road/Town: Nottingham/Derby

Reason for non removal: Carriageway under construction

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Moderate

Scheme: A6 Alvaston Bypass/A5111 Raynesway

Nearest Road/Town: Derby

Reason for non removal: Junction under construction

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Nil to Slight

EAST

Scheme: M11 J8-9 Major Maintenance

Nearest Road/Town: M11 Bishop's Stortford

Reason for non removal: No hard shoulder

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: A12 Witham Major Maintenance and Improvement

Nearest Road/Town: A12 Witham

Reason for non removal: Safety of motorists

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: A47 Peterborough Interchange Bretton I/C - Bridge Strengthening/Repair

Nearest Road/Town: A47 Peterborough

Reason for non removal: Propping remaining in place to support bridge deck

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Moderate

Scheme: A47/A1073 Spalding to Eye – Dualling of A47 and new roundabout

Nearest Road/Town: A47 Peterborough

Reason for non removal: Work by Linconshire County Council are incomplete – no carriageway markings, no signing.

Scheme: A421 Improvements M1 Junction 13 to Bedford

Nearest Road/Town: Bedford / Marston Mortaine

Reason for non removal: Carriageway Construction

Speed Limit: 40mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: M1 Stockwood Bridge Refurbishment

Nearest Road/Town: Luton

Reason for non removal: Safety of motorists

Speed Limit: 40mph

Delays: Nil to slight

SOUTH WEST

Scheme: Gloucestershire Driver Information System scheme and Bridge Pier Protection works

Nearest Road/Town: Gloucester

Reason for non removal: Safety of motorists

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: H4A Bridge Pier Protection as part of above GDI traffic management. (Road user will only see one set of roadworks)

Reason for non removal: As above

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: Lawrence Weston Overbridge

Nearest Road/Town: Bristol

Reason for non removal: Phased lane closures required leading to a full closure from 00.01 hrs Xmas Day to 00.01 hrs Boxing to safely and expeditiously demolish and remove the overbridge. The works and closure period have been planned when there is very little traffic using the motorway.

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Nil to slight

SOUTH EAST

Scheme: M4 Bridge Upgrade – Prince of Wales

Nearest Road/Town: M4 Slough

Reason for non removal: No bridge parapet

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: M3 J3 Slip Widening

Nearest Road/Town: M3 Lightwater

Reason for non removal: Difference in carriageway levels and safety for motorists

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: A 404(M) Western Region Railway Bridge

Nearest Road/Town: M4 Maidenhead

Reason for non removal: No bridge parapet

Speed Limit: 40mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: M4 Baydon

Nearest Road/Town: Hungerford

Reason for non removal: Central Reserve Safety fence will have been removed

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: M4 Reading Junction 11 Improvement Scheme

Nearest Road/Town: Reading

Reason for non removal: Open excavations

Speed Limit: 50mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: A34 Wolvercote Viaduct Replacement

Nearest Road/Town: A34 Botley

Reason for non removal: Sharp crossovers onto temporary bridge

Speed Limit: 40mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: M27 Junction Improvements

Nearest road/town: M27 Eastleigh

Reason for non removal: Incomplete safety fences

Speed limit: 50mph

Delays: Nil to Slight

Scheme: A3 Hindhead

Nearest Road/Town: Thursley

Reason for non removal: Restrictions are required for traffic safety around the site access/egress of the dual A3 carriageway and on the temporary carriageways linking the existing dual and single A3 carriageways.

Speed Limit: 40mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: A1 (M) Hatfield Tunnel Refurbishment

Nearest Road/Town: A1 (M) Hatfield

Reason for non removal: Safety of motorists and public

Speed Limit: 40mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: M25 DBFO Junction 16 to 18

Nearest Town: Watford

Reason for non removal: Safety of motorists

Speed limit: 40mph

Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: M25 DBFO Bell Common Major Tunnel Refurbishment
Nearest Road/Town: M25/M11 Epping 
Reason for non removal: Safety of motorists
Speed Limit: 50mph but advisory 40mph
Delays: Nil to slight

Scheme: M25 DBFO Junction 27 to 2

Nearest Town: M25 Brentwood

Reason for non removal: Safety of motorists

Speed limit: 50 mph

Delays: Nil to Slight

ROADWORKS LIFTED – Between 06:00 on Thursday 24 December and 00:01 Monday 4 January; Total lifted 44 roadwork schemes (197 Miles)

NORTH WEST

Scheme: M6 Harrowstead Waterproofing & Thrimby Concrete Repairs

Nearest road/town: Penrith

Type of works: Bridge Repairs

Scheme: M6 Jct. 37 Cattle Grid Remedial Works

Nearest road/town: Kendal

Type of works: Cattle Grid Replacement

Scheme: M55 Jct. 4 Westbound Drainage Renewal

Nearest road/town: Blackpool

Type of works: Drainage Renewal

Scheme: A56 Bent Gate to Hud Hey

Nearest road/town: Haslingden

Type of works: Roads renewals and structures hybrid

Scheme: M61 J3-4 Fencing

Nearest road/town: Bolton

Type of works: Fencing Improvements

Scheme: M6 J26-27 Hybrid Scheme

Nearest road/town: Standish, Wigan

Type of works: CMF Barrier, Lighting, Surfacing, Drainage

Scheme: MIDAS 6 & 7:M602

Nearest road/town: Manchester

Type of works: Ducting, cabling, gantry modifications

Scheme: M56 Triple package

Nearest road/town: Warrington

Type of works: Ducting, cabling

Scheme: M6 Sproston Hall to Fox Covert farm

Nearest road/town: Sandbach, Cheshire

Type of works: Lane 1 resurfacing, new/replacement barrier, barrier protection to 2 bridges

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH EAST

Scheme: M62 Junction 22-23 central reserve wire rope barrier improvement scheme

Nearest road/town: Scammonden

Type of works: Barrier Improvement works

Scheme: M62 Jct. 25-26

Nearest road/town: Brighouse

Type of works: Central Reserve Concrete Barrier

Scheme: M62 Jct. 26-27

Nearest road/town: Cleckheaton

Type of works: Central Reserve Concrete Barrier

Scheme: A66 Bowes Pavement Renewal and Carriageway Widening Nearest road/town: Barnard Castle

Type of works: Junction Improvements

Scheme: A1(M) A19 VMS Driver Information System

Nearest road/town: Darlington

Type of works: Sign Installation

WEST MIDLANDS

Scheme: M6 resurfacing

Nearest road/town: Birmingham

Type of works: Resurfacing

Scheme: M6 Junction 2 improvements

Nearest road/town: Coventry

Type of works: Junction Improvements

Scheme: A45 Resurfacing

Nearest road/town: Rugby

Type of works: Resurfacing

EAST MIDLANDS

Scheme: A38 Kingsway Island

Nearest road/town: Derby

Type of works: Technology Works

Scheme: A38 Mickleover Interchange

Nearest road/town: Derby

Type of works: Technology Works

Scheme: A38 Palm Court to Little Eaton (Ford Lane)

Nearest road/town: Derby

Type of works: Technology Works

Scheme: A38 Toyota to Mickleover Interchange

Nearest road/town: Derby

Type of works: Safety Barrier Replacement

Scheme: A38 Little Eaton Roundabout

Nearest road/town: Derby

Type of works: Technology Works

Scheme: M1 Diseworth Long Whatton Bridge & West Meadow Viaduct

Nearest road/town: Nottingham/Leicester

Type of works: Structural Works

Scheme: M1 Junction 19 to Junction 15

Nearest road/town: Northampton

Type of works: Hard shoulder strengthening

Scheme: A14 Technology Works

Nearest road/town: Market Harborough

Type of works: Technology works

Scheme: A14 Technology Works

Nearest road/town: Kettering

Type of works: Technology works

Scheme: A14 between Junction 7 and 9

Nearest road/town: Kettering

Type of works: Ground Investigation Works

Scheme: A45 Raunds Roundabout to A14 Thrapston

Nearest road/town: Raunds

Type of works: Technology Works

Scheme: A46 Widmerpool / Farndon Dualling

Nearest road/town: East Stoke

Type of works: Dualling

EAST

Scheme: M1 Junction 13 (North &Southbound)

Nearest road/town: Milton Keynes

Type of works: Construction/Bridge Structure

Scheme: M1 Junction 13 (North &Southbound)

Nearest road/town: Milton Keynes

Type of works: Construction/Bypass New

Scheme: M1 Junction 10-12 (Northbound)

Nearest road/town: Dunstable

Type of works: Construction/Improvement

Scheme: A1 (Blackcat Roundabout to Sandy Roundabout N&S bound)

Nearest road/town: Roxton

Type of works: Electrical Works

Scheme: M1 Junction 13 (Northbound)

Nearest road/town: Brogborough

Type of works: Construction

Scheme: 5 (A50 Roundabout to Stratford Road)

Nearest road/town: Milton Keynes

Type of works: Structure/ Maintenance

Scheme: M11 (Junction 10 Southbound)

Nearest road/town: Whittlesford

Type of works: Barriers/Permanent

Scheme: A11 (A14 J 36 Southbound)

Nearest road/town: Bottisham

Type of works: Communications

Scheme: A14 (Junction 35 - Junction 36 Eastbound)

Nearest road/town: Cambridge

Type of works: Inspection/Survey

Scheme: A14 (Junction 37 to Junction 35)

Nearest road/town: Newmarket

Type of works: Communications

SOUTH WEST

Scheme: Petersfinger, Salisbury Park and Ride

Nearest road/town: Salisbury

Type of works: Carriageway and Junction improvements for new Park and Ride facility

SOUTH EAST

Scheme: M3 Fleet

Nearest road/town: M3 Fleet

Type of works: Carriageway renewal and replacement of Central Reserve Barrier

Scheme: A27 Street Lighting Improvement

Nearest road/town: A27 Portsmouth

Type of works: Street Lighting

Scheme: A2 Kingston Bridalway Bridge

Nearest road/town: A2 Canterbury

Type of works: New Bridge

Scheme: A21 Route Safety Improvements

Nearest road/town: A21 Lamberhurst

Type of works: Route Safety Improvements

Scheme: A27 Cophall Farm Roundabout

Nearest road/town: A27 Polegate

Type of works: Speed Limit review and pedestrian crossing relocation

ROADWORKS COMPLETED BEFORE THE CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR BANK HOLIDAY; Total completed 35 roadwork Schemes (123 Miles)

NORTH WEST

Scheme: CCTV Drainage Survey

Nearest road/town: Appleby

Type of works: Drainage Survey

Scheme: A66 East Woodland Restructuring

Nearest road/town: Appleby

Type of works: Tree Planting

Scheme: M53 J7-8 Hybrid

Nearest road/town: Ellesmere Port

Type of works: Resurfacing, new/replacement barrier and lighting, replacement of bridge joints

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH EAST

Scheme: M1 Jct. 35 - 35a Concrete Stepped Barrier scheme

Nearest road/town: M1 Sheffield

Type of works: Centre reserve concrete barrier

Scheme: M18 Jct. 6 - 7 Northbound Overlay major scheme

Nearest road/town: M18 Goole

Type of works: Resurfacing works

Scheme: A66 Eaglescliffe to Yarm Bulk Lamp Changes

Nearest road/town: Stockton on Tees

Type of works: Electrical

Scheme: A1 Conundrum Junction & Folly Farm Resurfacing

Nearest road/town: Berwick Upon Tweed

Type of works: Carriageway Resurfacing

Scheme: A1 Rosebrough Patching

Nearest road/town: Alnwick

Type of works: Carriageway Resurfacing

Scheme: A1 Newton on the Moor Patching

Nearest road/town: Alnwick

Type of works: Carriageway Resurfacing

WEST MIDLANDS

Scheme: M42 Junction 5, Through Junction Running

Nearest road/town: Solihull

Type of works: Junction improvements

Scheme: M6 Managed Motorways

Nearest road/town: Coleshill

Type of works: Hard shoulder running

Scheme: M6 Carriageway joint replacement

Nearest road/town: Birmingham

Type of works: Carriageway joint repairs

Scheme: M6 Carriageway reconstruction

Nearest road/town: Birmingham

Type of works: Carriageway reconstruction

EAST MIDLANDS

Scheme: A14 Technology Works

Nearest road/town: Stanford On Avon

Type of works: Technology works

Scheme: M1 Junction 30 to 29

Nearest road/town: Staveley

Type of works: Carriageway resurfacing

EAST

Scheme: A1 Eaton Socon carriageway repair N/B and S/B

Nearest road/town: St. Neots

Type of works: Resurfacing

Scheme: A12 Bascule Bridge

Nearest road/town: Lowestoft

Type of works: Painting of bridge and resurfacing of footways

Scheme: A14 Corridor Traffic Management scheme

Nearest road/town: Newmarket - Felixstowe

Type of works: Information and Queue Protection scheme

Scheme: A14 Route Treatment

Nearest road/town: Ipswich

Type of works: New line markings and warning signs

Scheme: A47/A1073 Paston Parkway, Peterborough

Nearest road/town: Peterborough

Type of works: Sign erection

Scheme: A47 Route Treatment

Nearest road/town: Swaffham

Type of works: Surface treatment of entry slip

Scheme: M1 Jct. 12-11 Northbound and Southbound

Nearest road/town: Dunstable

Type of works: Inspection/Survey

Scheme: M1 Jct. 12 – 13 Northbound and Southbound

Nearest road/town: Flitwick

Type of works: Inspection/Survey

Scheme: A5 M1 Jct. 9 – Old Stratford Roundabout. North and Southbound

Nearest road/town: Milton Keynes

Type of works: Electrical works

Scheme: M1 Jct. 10 – 11 Northbound and Southbound

Nearest road/town: Luton

Type of works: Inspection/Survey

Scheme: A14 Jct. 32 to 33 Eastbound

Nearest road/town: Girton

Type of works: Safety Barrier

SOUTH WEST

Scheme: Merrymeet

Nearest road/town: Okehampton

Type of works: Barrier works

Scheme: Midgehall Access overbridge

Nearest road/town: Chippenham and Swindon

Type of works: Bridge investigations

Scheme: Quidhampton Resurfacing

Nearest road/town: Salisbury

Type of works: Resurfacing

Scheme: Huntley Hill Barrier Improvements

Nearest road/town: Gloucester

Type of works: Barrier and signage works

Scheme: Birdwood Resurfacing

Nearest road/town: Gloucester

Type of works: Resurfacing

Scheme: Willoughby Hedge Improvements

Nearest road/town: Wincanton

Type of works: Resurfacing, drainage and barrier works

SOUTH EAST

Scheme: A20 Roundhill Tunnel Service Building

Nearest road/town: Folkestone

Type of works: Building of new access road

Scheme: A20 Lay-By's

Nearest road/town: Dover

Type of works: Upgrading of Lay By's

Scheme: A27 Utility Works

Nearest road/town: Chichester

Type of works: Utility Works

Contacts

NDS Enquiries
Phone: For enquiries please contact the above department
ndsenquiries@coi.gsi.gov.uk

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