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Roadworks lifted for Easter Bank Holiday getaway

HIGHWAYS AGENCY News Release (HA16-09) issued by COI News Distribution Service on 6 April 2009

The Highways Agency is helping people travelling on the roads this Easter by suspending or completing more than 73 per cent of roadwork schemes on its motorways and major A roads.

A total of 37 sets of roadworks have been completed and a further 51 are being suspended before 06:00 on Thursday 9 April to help drivers make smoother journeys over the busy holiday period. Roadworks at 32 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 road users to make their journeys safely and reliably.

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

"Removing roadworks is just one way we are helping road users this Easter. Our website http://www.highways.gov.uk/traffic provides live traffic information, allowing people to plan their journeys from home or work before setting off.

"The website gives details of incidents, and shows where motorways and major trunk roads are flowing freely. Road users can also check average speeds, see what our overhead signs are saying, and even take a look at 'live' road conditions from thousands of CCTV cameras. All this is set out on an easy to navigate map of the road network.

"Road users can also contact our information line (08457 50 40 30) for up to the minute information or tune in to DAB digital "Traffic Radio" or local radio stations is to keep up to date while they are on the move. Our Traffic Officers will also be on patrol and working in our control rooms 24-7, to help traffic flow smoothly and assist drivers who get into difficulty."

Roadworks and lane restrictions will be removed by 06:00 on Thursday 9 April and will not be put back before 00:01 on Tuesday 14 April

Links to the lists of suspended, completed and remaining roadworks are below:

Roadworks Lifted

Roadworks Completed

Roadworks Remaining

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 http://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 http://www.highways.gov.uk/trafficinfo

* 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 http://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 3p/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 more information contact regional press officers or the National Press Office below:

North West: Nigel Ellis 0161 952 4507 or Barbara Phillips 0161 952 4515
North East & Yorkshire & Humber: Jenny Hart, 07990 771822
West Midlands: Richard McCrann 0121 4218849/ 07768 068031
East: Simon Hinds 07796 882101
East Midlands: Lucy Rees, 0115 855 2051/ 07881 665393
South East: James Wright, 01883 745 364
South West: Robin Miller 0117 900 3559 or Wailim Wong 01752 635 053

National Press Office: 0207 081 7443 including out of hours