Roadworks removed in north west for late May getaway

Over twenty Highways England schemes are being lifted or completed on motorways and major roads in the north west in time for the bank holiday weekend, to help families enjoy smoother journeys.

Across England roadworks will be lifted from Friday 27 May – leaving 97.4% of its 9,534-mile network free of roadworks in time for the holidays. (Click here to see a map showing the locations of lifted and completed schemes)

The government is investing £15billion to deliver the biggest upgrade to motorways and major A-roads in a generation. Building new roads and creating smart motorways that keep traffic moving even in the busiest periods will cut congestion.

Highways England is delivering the upgrade and taking action now to reduce delays over this bank holiday break.

Roads Minister Andrew Jones said:

“We are delivering the biggest improvement to roads since the 1970s to improve journeys for drivers in the busiest periods and to create new capacity.

“We do not want work to stand in the way of families during their bank holiday getaway, so I am pleased roadworks are being removed at so many locations.”

Highways England Director of Operations, Mike Wilson, said:

“This May bank holiday, we’re helping drivers with their journeys by clearing roadworks across the majority of motorways and major A-roads in England.

“As a parent, I know all too well how challenging a long journey with young children especially can be, so we’re keen to do what we can do to help families enjoy the late spring break.

“We’ve worked closely with other transport providers to ensure our network can cope with increased demand.

“Of course, we still advise drivers to plan their journeys, check the latest traffic and travel updates, and the weather forecast, before setting out.”

People travelling with caravans and trailers are also urged to check their vehicles before they take to the roads for the first time this year – especially their tyres, to ensure they are not worn or damaged, to help avoid a potential breakdown or incident and help keep traffic flowing.

By suspending or completing roadworks, more lanes will be open and many of the associated speed restrictions will be lifted.

For the safety of drivers and their passengers, lane restrictions or temporary speed limits will need to remain at 56 locations. (Click here to see a map showing the location of remaining schemes)

During the holidays, people may travel further and on unfamiliar roads. For advice about driving on smart motorways, visit www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-drive-on-a-smart-motorway..

Drivers can get the latest travel information from www.trafficengland.com

The list of schemes which will be completed and lifted over the late May bank holiday period includes:

LIFTED 

M6 Dawbers Lane to Hole House J27 – 29 Carriageway surfacing Northbound and Southbound 2 miles

A56 Rising Bridge Roundabout Improvement Scheme 0.4 miles

A56 Lighting improvement scheme between Rising Bridge Roundabout and the A679 Burnley Road

A56 Hud Hey to Huncoats surfacing scheme between Rising Bridge Roundabout and the A679 Burnley Road

M62 J9 to J11 VRS and Surfacing scheme

M65 J1 EB entry slip road surfacing

M6 j38 (near Tebay). Ground investigation work. 1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Spring Bank Holiday period.

M6 j42 (near Carlisle). Pre-design surveys / Coring works. 1.4 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Spring Bank Holiday period.

A66 (near Cockermouth). Raising of the carriageway profile and improvement of carriageway drainage. 3.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Spring Bank Holiday period.

A66 (near Keswick). Carriageway upgrade works. 1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Spring Bank Holiday period.

A66 (near Kirkby Thore). Installation of safety improvements. 1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Spring Bank Holiday period.

A66 (near Brough). Deflectograph survey works. 2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Spring Bank Holiday period.

A66 (near Penrith). Deflectograph survey works. 2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Spring Bank Holiday period.

A66 (near Brough). Deflectograph survey works. 2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Spring Bank Holiday period.

A66 (near Brough). Deflectograph survey works. 2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Spring Bank Holiday period.

A66 (near Brough). Deflectograph survey works. 2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Spring Bank Holiday period.

A66 (near Kirkby Thore). Deflectograph survey works.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Spring Bank Holiday period.

A590 (near Lindale). Deflectograph survey works. 2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Spring Bank Holiday period.

A590 (near Lindale). Deflectograph survey works. 2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Spring Bank Holiday period.

M55 j1 (near Broughton). Deflectograph survey works.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Spring Bank Holiday period.

M55 j3 to j4 (near Wesham). Deflectograph survey works. 2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Spring Bank Holiday period.

M55 j1to j3 (near Kirkham). Deflectograph survey works. 2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Spring Bank Holiday period.

M55 j1 (near Broughton). Replacing gantry mounted Variable Message Signs. 2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Spring Bank Holiday period.

REMAINING

Some roadworks must remain in place. These include:

M6 northbound and southbound between j19 and j20  (near Knutsford to Lymm). Installing Central Reservation Concrete Barrier. Bridge Pier Strengthening. Narrow lanes with all 3 lanes running using Hard Shoulder, lane 1 and lane 2 for Central Reservation works – 5 miles of roadworks – Moderate

Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Spring Bank Holiday period: Open excavations around Central Reservation Bridge Piers

M6 j33 – j35 (near Lancaster). Construction of Heysham Link

Junction 34 (Lancaster) of the M6 — closed to provide on and off slips to both the north and southbound carriageways which have been improved to meet current standards.

All smart motorway works on M6, M60 and M62.

 

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