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Thursday, 3 September 2009

Bank Holiday getaway – travel update

  • Published: Thursday, 27 August 2009

The Highways Agency is lifting or completing more than half its roadworks ahead of the August Bank Holiday. This will mean motorways and major A roads will be much clearer. There will however be engineering works on a number of rail lines.


Expected traffic hotspots: the M6 near the Lake District, M55 towards Blackpool, and the A303 near Stonehenge

A total of 22 sets of roadworks have been completed and a further 31 are being suspended between 6am on Friday 28 August and midnight on Tuesday 1 September.

Roadworks at 40 locations – three in the North West - remain in place for the safety of roadworkers and road users.

Derek Turner, director of network operations for the Highways Agency, said: "At this time of year a lot of people will be taking journeys they are not familiar with so our advice is to plan your journey and make sure you check the conditions before you leave.

"We expect the roads to the main holiday centres, ports and airports will be busy so we’re doing everything we can to help drivers with their journeys. We have removed as many roadworks as possible and provide a number of information services to help road users plan their journeys."


On Sunday, there will be 42 sets of engineering work on the rail network, including on the London to Scotland West Coast line.

Most train operators are affected, although only on certain routes. Follow the link below to check which lines will be affected by engineering works during the August Bank Holiday.

As rail services will be very busy during the bank holiday period, passengers have been advised to:

  • reserve a seat if they are travelling long distances
  • book early as the cheapest tickets will go quickly

Plan your journey

Text TRAVEL to 83377 to check out the journey planner on Directgov mobile

If you are planning a journey, check out the Directgov journey planner. As well as travel alerts for public transport and roads around the UK, you can search for scheduled train departure and arrival times.

To access the Directgov journey planner follow the link below. Alternatively, you can access it on your mobile. Just text TRAVEL to 83377. You will then receive a text message containing a link. Click on this link to go to the journey planner. Standard browsing rates apply.

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