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400 miles of roadworks removed for festive season

Drivers gear up for festive cheer this Christmas and New Year with almost 400 miles of Highways England roadworks lifted.

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Highways England aims to complete or lift 148 schemes by 6am Wednesday 23 December – leaving 98% of its 9,534-mile network free of roadworks in time for the holidays. See a map showing the locations of lifted and completed schemes.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

We are on the side of the honest motorist, making it easier for people to get around, as well as creating jobs and opportunities.

It’s impossible to improve roads without some element of engineering work, but I also know how frustrating they can be. We are determined to apply common sense to our roads so we can minimise disruption.

Clearing roadworks over Christmas is a big win for motorists. Over the period millions of families will get in the car to visit loved ones. This move will allow hardworking people to travel around freely at Christmas time and see friends and family.

Highways England Director of Customer Operations, Melanie Clarke, said:

This Christmas, we’re clearing roadworks across the majority of motorways and major A-roads in England to help people make important journeys to see family and friends.

Where possible, we’ve completed or lifted roadworks, leaving more lanes open and lifting many of the associated speed restrictions to help people travelling over the festive period.

Drivers can do their bit to make their festive journeys run smoothly by planning longer journeys ahead of time and checking weather and travel conditions before setting out.

It’s also worth packing an emergency winter kit in your boot, before making any seasonal journeys this Christmas. Make sure you’ve got de-icer, an ice-scraper, warm clothes, boots and a torch, in case your vehicle breaks down.

To help drivers, Highways England will complete 273 miles of roadworks at 105 locations before the holiday. A further 43 sets of roadworks and lane restrictions will be removed across 128 miles of carriageway by 6am on Wednesday 23 December, until midnight on Saturday 2 January.

There are fewer roadworks on England’s major roads this Christmas – with 192 schemes compared to 219 this time last year.

Drivers need to plan and allow sufficient time for their journeys. For the safety of drivers and their passengers, lane restrictions or temporary speed limits will need to remain at 43 locations. Around 196 miles of roadworks will need to stay out over the festive period this year, compared to 268 last year. See a map showing the location of remaining schemes.

The latest travel information can be found on our website, winter driving advice is available on the Met Office website and you can get regular winter updates on our Facebook page.

The full list of schemes which will be completed, lifted or left in place over the Christmas period is as follows:

Completed

M4 j19-20 (near Bristol) Replacement of traffic cameras 4.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M5 j30-29 (near Exeter) Bridge joint Replacements 1.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M5 j15-17 (near Bristol) Replacement of traffic cameras 4 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A303 (near Wylye) Signal renewals 0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A303 (near Crewkerne) Resurfacing 13 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A38 Kennford (near Exeter) Defect correction to drainage following completion of the pinch point scheme 1.8 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A38 Carkeel (near Plymouth) Remedial works (snagging) following completion of pinch point scheme 1.4 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A30 Dunheved (near Launceston) Deck joint Replacement 1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M3 northbound and southbound 5-9 (near Basingstoke) Waterproofing of bridge decks and joint replacement 12 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A2 Canterbury to Dover (near Dover) Reinstatement of road markings 4.3 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A2070 Hamstreet (near Ashford) Carriageway resurfacing 4.3 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A21 Robertsbridge (near Battle) Technology works 0.3 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A21 North Farm Roundabout (near Tunbridge Wells) Lighting column repairs 0.3 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A259 Hastings to Rye (near Hastings) Horticultural works 0.3 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A259 Glynde Gap to Pevensey (near Bexhill-On-Sea) Lighting column repairs 0.3 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A27 Lewes Road (near Brighton) Street works 0.3 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A27 Southwick Tunnel (near Shoreham) Routine inspection 0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A27 Arundel to Polegate (near Polegate) Lighting column repairs 0.3 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M2 junction 4 to 6 (near Sittingbourne) Bearing and joint replacement 8.6 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M2 junction 3 to 5 (near Gillingham) Carriageway resurfacing 4.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M2 junction 5 (near Stockbury) Investigation 0.4 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M20 junction 10 to 11 (near Ashford) Technology works 1.4 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M25 j19 to 21 (near Abbotts Langley) Viaduct joint replacement works 4.6 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A20 j1 Entry Slip (near Swanley) Bridge maintenance works 0.2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A3 Ockham Exit Slip (near Ockham) Carriageway resurfacing works 0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A282 j1A to M25 j 31 (near Dartford) Tunnel maintenance works 0.8 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A47 Postwick Interchange (near Norwich) Junction improvements 5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M11 j 6 to j 7 (near Harlow) Carriageway resurfacing 8 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M11 j 8 (near Stansted) Carriageway resurfacing 5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A11 Red Lodge junction (near Newmarket) Safety barrier renewal 3 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A12 j 28 (near Colchester) Expansion joint replacement 6 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A66 Yarm Interchange (near Stockton on Tees) Electrical 1.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A1M junction 61-63 (near Durham) Resurfacing 15 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A66 Cross Lanes to Hulands Quarry (near Barnard Castle) Resurfacing 6.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A1 Scotswood Interchange (near Newcastle upon Tyne) Survey 1.2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A19 Seaton Burn to Howdon (near Newcastle upon Tyne) Drainage 13 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A1 Berwick upon Tweed (near Berwick upon Tweed) Resurfacing 4.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M1 j36 Tankersley (near Barnsley) Bridge joints renewal scheme 0.4 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A64 Bramham to Headley Bar (near Leeds) Loop replacement works 2.8 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A64 Headley Bar (near Tadcaster) Resurfacing scheme 0.4 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M18 j3 (near Doncaster) Parapet renewal scheme 0.4 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M18 between j6 to j5 (near Doncaster) Signing renewal scheme 2.3 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M180 j4 (near Scunthorpe) Barrier renewal scheme 1.2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M180 between j1 to j3 (near Doncaster) Drainage renewal scheme 5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A64 Headley Bar (near Tadcaster) Resurfacing scheme 3.9 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M62 between j22 to j23 (near Huddersfield) Parapet renewal scheme 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M62 j29 (near Leeds) Resurfacing scheme 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M62 between j22 to j23 (near Huddersfield) Resurfacing scheme 3.7 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M6 j39 - 40 (near Penrith) Pole Installation works 1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M6 j40 - 39 (near Penrith) Replacement of boundary fence 2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M6 j42 - 44 (near Carlisle) Duct Proving 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A66 (near Appleby) Carriageway Repairs 1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A66 (near Penrith) Resurfacing works 4 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A66 (near Appleby) Ground testing prior to barrier installation 1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A66 (near Keswick) Topographical Survey 1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A590 (near Lindale) Safety Barrier Renewal 2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A590 (near Kendal) Replacement of defective drainage and traffic signs 1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A585 (near Fleetwood) New signage 1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A585 (near Fleetwood) Replacement of repeater signage 6 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M6 (near Tebay) Replacement of bridge joints and surfacing works 3 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M1 Trowell Services-j27 (near Nottingham) Carriageway sweeping 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M1 j24 (near Derby) Bridge works 1.75 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M1 j21-20 (near Leicester) Sign works 0.25 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M1 j18-19 (near Rugby) Bridge works 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M1 j15-16 (near Northampton) Bridge works 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M1 j15-15a (near Northampton) Sign works 0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M69 j1-M1 (near Hinckley) Training 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M69 j1-M1 (near Hinckley) Horticultural 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A1 Barrowby-Coddington (near Newark On Trent) Survey works 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A1 Tickencote-Great Ponton (near Grantham) Survey works 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A1 Balderton (near Newark On Trent) Barrier repairs 0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A5 Mancetter-Crick (near Nuneaton) Drainage works 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A5 Weedon Bec (near Daventry) Survey works 0.25 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A6 Alvaston-Thulston (near Derby) Road marking works 3.25 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A14 j8-9 (near Kettering) Electrical works 3.82 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A38 Kingsway Roundabout (near Derby) Carriageway repairs 2.25 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A38 Palm Court-Little Eaton (near Derby) Survey works 3.25 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A38 Findern (near Derby) Carriageway repairs 0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A38 Findern-Toyota (near Derby) Survey works 2.25 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A38 Coxbench-Ripley (near Ripley) Survey works 0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A42 j11-M1 (near Ashby-De-La-Zouch) Electrical works 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A45 Great Billing (near Northampton) Barrier repairs 0.75 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A45 Higham Ferrers (near Irthlingborough) Sign works 1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A45 Barnes Meadow-Earls Barton (near Wellingborough) Survey works 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A45 Great Billing-Earls Barton (near Wellingborough) Signage works 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A45 Earls Barton (near Wellingborough) Drainage works 1.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A46 Widmerpool-Cossington (near Leicester) Training 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A46 Hykeham (near Lincoln) Carriageway repairs 0.25 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A46 Newark on Trent (near Newark On Trent) Carriageway repairs 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A46 Winthorpe (near Newark on Trent) Carriageway repairs 0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A50 Warren Lane-M1 (j24) (near Derby) Carriageway repairs 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A50 Warren Lane-M1 (j24) (near Derby) Electrical works 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A52 Borrowash-Spondon (near Derby) Drainage works 2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A52 Sandiacre (near Derby) Electrical works 0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A52 Barrowby-Sedgebrook (near Grantham) Survey works 0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M6 j9-8 (near Birmingham) Structural repairs and re-waterproofing 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M6 j10-10a (near Birmingham) Street Lighting upgrade 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M6 j16 (near Stoke-on-Trent) Retaining wall and road widening 0.6 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M5 j5 (near Droitwich) Improvement works 0.4 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M5 j1-2 (near West Bromwich) Bridge joint renewal 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M69 j1-M6 j2 (near Coventry) Carriageway resurfacing 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M54 j1-M6 j10a (near Wolverhampton) Bridge joint renewal 2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M6 j1-2 (near Coventry) Carriageway resurfacing 2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M42 j7-8 (near Coleshill) Installation of traffic sensors 2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M6 southbound j4a to M42 southbound j7a Link (near Coleshill) Bridge parapet renewal 1.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A38 (near Burton-on-Trent) Safety fence inspections 2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

Lifted

A46/A4 (near Bath) Retaining wall renewal 0.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A38 (near Liskeard) Resurfacing 12.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A2 Littledale (near Dartford) Concrete repairs 0.8mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M20 junction 8 to 9 (near Ashford) Drainage surveys 2.4mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M20 junction 4 (near Maidstone) Structure 0.8mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A12 j22 to j33 (near Colchester) Carriageway Resurfacing, Bridge joint replacement, sign replacement, Safety Barrier renewal and accident remedial works 8mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A14 j55 to j58 (near Ipswich) Safety Camera installation and accident remedial works 4mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A12 j12 to j19 (near Chelmsford) Carriageway Resurfacing, Bridge joint replacement, sign replacement, Safety Barrier renewal and accident remedial works 8mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A14 j31 to j26 (near Cambridge) Carriageway Resurfacing, Bridge joint replacement, sign replacement, Safety Barrier renewal and accident remedial works 8mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A14 A1307 westbound Girton (near Cambridge) Embankment repairs 0.75mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A14 eastbound j26-j29 (near Cambridge) Carriageway Resurfacing 11mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A5 Sheep Roundabout (near Dunstable) Carriageway Resurfacing 2mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A5/A505 Roundabout (near Dunstable) Carriageway Resurfacing 2mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A5/B5450 Markyate junction (near Dunstable) Carriageway Resurfacing 2mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A5 Horse & Jockey (near Dunstable) Carriageway Resurfacing 2mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A5 Half Moon / Beech Road (near Dunstable) Carriageway Resurfacing 2mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A66 Little Burdon (near Darlington) Resurfacing and Electrical 6mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A162 / M62 j33 (near Pontefract) Bridge works 0.8mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A61 / A616 Westwood r/bout (near Barnsley) Roundabout improvements 0.6mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A64 Brambling Fields (near Malton) Resurfacing scheme 1.9mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M606 j1 to j3 (near Bradford) Resurfacing scheme 2.8mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M1 j37 to j36 (near Barnsley) Resurfacing scheme 3.7mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M1 j39 to j38 (near Wakefield) Resurfacing scheme 8.7mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M6 j35-36 (near Carnforth) Variable Message Signs works 1mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A595 (near Lillyhall) Renewal of drainage 2mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A585 (near Singleton) Resurfacing footways and drainage repairs 1.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M1 j19-24 (near Leicester) Horticultural works 2.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A1 Stamford-Newark on Trent (near Grantham) Horticultural works 2.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A5 Mancetter (near Hinckley) Carriageway Repairs 3mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A42 j11-M1 (near Ashby-De-La-Zouch) Horticultural works 2.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A45 Great Doddington-Higher Farrers (near Wellingborough) Carriageway Repairs 2.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A46 Widmerpool-Sixhills (near Melton Mowbray) Survey works 2.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A5 (near Churchbridge) Footway widening 1mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A49 (near Hereford) Carriageway improvements 0.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M40 j15-16 (near Warwick) Drainage investigations 2mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A38 (near Burton-on-Trent) Carriageway resurfacing 2mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A500-M6 j16 (near Stoke-on-Trent) Investigation works 2.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A49 (near Craven Arms) Parapet repairs 1mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A49 (near Bayston Hill) Carriageway improvements 0.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A590 Brettargh Holt - A6 westbound Replacement of defective drainage and traffic signs 1mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A5036 between Hawthorne Rd and Switch Island (near Bootle ) Resurfacing 2mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A56 between Bent gate and Rising Bridge (near Haslingden) VRS 3mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M53 Junction 2 (near Moreton ) Resurfacing 1mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.

Remaining

A30 Temple (near Bodmin) Dualling existing single carriageway on line Narrow lanes with temporary steel barrier on one side - 5.8 miles of roadworks - Moderate Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: With narrow lanes, and open excavations outside it would not be feasible to remove 4 miles of steel barrier. To remove and replace would also extend what is a critical programme to ensure two lanes running in each direction during next Christmas

A38 Plympton (near Plymouth) Bridge replacement 3 x 3 contra flow - 1.9 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Narrow lanes and open excavations. To remove traffic management would involve significant increase in cost and time. The system in place allows the normal number of lanes to run in each direction

M5 j15-13 (near Falfield) Drainage works Narrow lanes with 50mph speed restrictions in place northbound and southbound - 4 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Incomplete works and incomplete safety fence traffic management to remain for safety reasons

M5 j14-12 (near Stroud) Bridge maintenance Narrow lanes with 50mph speed restrictions in place (northbound). - 2 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Unprotected bridge piers, concrete protection barrier demolished as part of the enabling works

A40 (near Huntley) Renewal of permanent traffic signals Temporary signals on to replace the permanent signals - No impact - 0.5 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: To maintain control of junction with the A4136

A303 (near Wylye) Renewal of permanent traffic signals Temporary signals on to replace the permanent signals - No impact - 0.5 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: To maintain control of junction with the A303 eastbound exit slip

M3 j6 (near Basingstoke) Roundabout Improvements Narrow Lanes - 0.6 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Open Excavations

A34 Milton (near Milton) Roundabout Improvements Narrow Lanes /Contraflow with Lane drop S/bound and 50/40/30 speed limit - 4 miles of roadworks - Moderate Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Open Excavations in verge

A21 Tonbridge to Pembury (near Tunbridge Wells) Narrow lanes and 40mph speed limit will remain in place Reduced speed limit of 40mph will remain in place - 6.8 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Narrow lanes in place

A20 Dover Courtwood (near Dover) Traffic Assessment scheme and will include reduced speed limits of 40mph along with a full closure of the entry slip road at Coutwood Full closure of Courtwood Interchange and a 40mph speed limit will be in place between Courtwood and Western Heights Roundabout. - 6.8 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: This is an ongoing traffic assessment scheme so will remain in place to eradicate congestion in Dover.

M4 j4 to j3 (near Hillingdon) 24hrs hard shoulder closure for VMS renewals Hard shoulder closure - 1.1 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Vehicle restraint system (barrier) is not in place and can’t be installed due to existing live cables

M6 j18-21 (near Knutsford) Excavation of central reserve and removal of existing vehicle safety fence in order to install a new central reserve concrete barrier 3 lanes running in both directions with narrow lanes using Hard Shoulder, L1 and L2 with lane 3 closed - 3 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: The central reservation will have no vehicle restraint system (Crash Barrier)

A628 Tintwistle (near Glossop) Wall repair works Traffic signals in place 24/7 for unstable wall - 0.3 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Traffic management is to provide traffic signals 24/7 to protect unstable wall.

A180 & A160 Brocklesby (near Immingham) Network Rail Possession, Construction of new bridge Part ring management 20:00 24/12/15 until 23:59 27/12/15 - 0.5 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Relaxed traffic management is to be installed to provide works area and clear route for earth works. This is to complete network rail bridge construction within a 72 hour working window.

M6 j33 - 35 (near Lancaster) Construction of Heysham Link 5 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: As part of the scheme to construct the new Heysham to M6 Link Road, works will be carried out on or adjacent to the existing M6 motorway. This will involve the reconstruction of junction 34 (Lancaster) of the M6 to provide on and off slips to both the north and southbound carriageways which have been improved to meet current standards. The existing Foundry Lane bridge will also be partly demolished and extended to accommodate the new northbound on slip. In order to carry out these improvements it will be necessary to close the existing hard shoulders on both carriageways in the area of junction 34 throughout 2014 and 2015. It will also be necessary to close off running lanes (predominantly lane 1) as required in order to tie in the new slip roads with the existing motorway.

A45 Stonebridge Highway - Stivichall junction to Tollbar Roundabout (near Coventry) Major roadworks - Road widening Cones and temporary barriers alongside the carriageway - 4 miles of roadworks - Moderate Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Open Excavations Incomplete works (pavement, white lining, footpath, bridge structures, lighting, signage, earthworks, drainage, pumping station, landscaping).

A46 Coventry Eastern Bypass slip roads on and off Tollbar Roundabout (near Coventry) Major roadworks - Road widening Cones and temporary barriers alongside the carriageway - 1 mile of roadworks - Moderate Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Open Excavations Incomplete works (pavement, white lining, signage, earthworks).

A45 London Road (near Coventry) Major roadworks - Road widening Cones and temporary barriers alongside the carriageway - 1 mile of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Open Excavations Incomplete works (pavement, white lining, signage, earthworks, drainage, landscaping).

A46 Kenilworth Bypass Eastbound (near Coventry) Major roadworks - Road widening Cones and temporary barriers alongside the carriageway - 2 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Open Excavations Incomplete works (pavement, white lining, signage, earthworks, landscaping).

M1 between j11 and j12 (near Luton) Phase 2 works with construction of central pier for new j11a structure being currently constructed Temporary road restraint in place between j11 and j12 with a 50mph speed limit in place to protect road users and the workforce (the speed limit is normally NSL). The dynamic hard shoulder is closed. - 2 miles of roadworks - Moderate Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: all roadworks will be removed allowing 4 lanes of traffic through the scheme, 50mph speed limit, free recovery & CCTV will remain

M1 junction 19 (near Lutterworth) Provision of a new M6-A14 link underneath the M1 Northbound and southbound carriageways of the M1 in lane 2 and lane 3 running - 2.9 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Permanent safety barrier removed for new verge construction. Excavation along verges.

M6 junction 1 towards M1 junction 19 (near Lutterworth) Provision of a new M6-A14 link including realignment of M6 to M1 links. Eastbound and westbound carriageways with 2 lane running. - 4 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Earthworks operations and bridge construction.

A14 between A14 junction1 and the Catthorpe Interchange (near Lutterworth) Provision of a new M6-A14 link and new M1 to A14 and A14 to M1 slip roads. N/A - 2.2 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Adjacent construction works, excavations.

A556 between M6 j19 and M56 j7 (near Knutsford) Excavation of southbound carriageway to prepare for realignment to new bypass Narrow lanes, temporary speed limit signs and cones. - 2 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Narrow lanes and speed restrictions are to reduce risk to customers as there are excavations on the southbound carriageway.

M60 j8 to M60 j12 (near Manchester) Installation of SMART Motorway Narrow Lanes with temporary barrier throughout - 6.5 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Existing safety fences have been removed. Open excavations in isolated areas and unprotected highway furniture resulting in potential safety issues if traffic management was removed.

M60 j12 to M60 j18 (near Manchester) Installation of SMART Motorway Narrow Lanes with temporary barrier throughout - 9.8 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Existing safety fences have been removed. Open excavations in isolated areas and unprotected highway furniture resulting in potential safety issues if traffic management was removed.

M62 j18 to M62 j21 (near Manchester) Installation of SMART Motorway Narrow Lanes with temporary barrier throughout - 8.75 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Existing safety fences have been removed. Open excavations in isolated areas and unprotected highway furniture resulting in potential safety issues if traffic management was removed.

A1 j51 (Leeming) to j56 (Barton) (near Leeming Bar) Upgrading to Motorway. Narrow Lanes in place with a speed limit of 50mph. - 26 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Traffic Management cannot be removed due to site works restrictions, open excavations, temporary structures - protected by temporary barrier.

A1 j67 to j71 (near Gateshead) Carriageway widening Narrow Lanes in place north and southbound. 30mph limit between j67 Coal House and j68 Lobley Hill for safety reasons. 40mph in place between Lobley Hill and j71 Metro Centre. - 8 miles of roadworks - Moderate Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Open excavations around bridge piers, abutments and road box. Full overnight closures required to remove and replace temp. steel barrier. Safety barrier has been removed in areas along the project to allow access and works to proceed. If traffic management removed no protection would be in place.

M1 j30 - j31 (near Sheffield) Works to enable the road to become a Smart Motorway Back to D3m - 6.9 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday:

M1 j28 - j30 (near Chesterfield) Works to enable the road to become a Smart Motorway Verge works from 29a to 28 northbound + southbound - 15 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Traffic management is to provide narrow lanes & 50 mph speed restriction alongside open excavations, prevent unsafe manoeuvres. Journey time system in place so customers have accurate journey time information

M1 j32 to 36 (near Sheffield) Works to enable the road to become a Smart Motorway Verge works from 32 to 36 northbound + southbound - 11 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Traffic management is to provide narrow lanes & 50 mph speed restriction alongside open excavations, prevent unsafe manoeuvres. Journey time system in place so customers have accurate journey time information

M3 junctions 2 to 4a (near Farnborough) Works to enable the road to become a smart motorway Combination of verge and central reserve works - 17.5 miles of roadworks - Moderate Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Narrow lanes and a 50 mph speed limit in place, restriction alongside open excavations, prevent unsafe manoeuvres.

A13 between Wennington and A1012 (near Aveley, Thurrock) Carriageway widening to A13 both carriageways. Work involves drainage, earthworks, retaining walls, new gantries, wall to centre reserve and surfacing works. There are narrow lanes in place along the A13 between Wennington and A1012 using a temporary barrier system with a mandatory 40mph speed limit in place to protect road users and the workforce (the speed limit is normally 50mph). We have maintained capacity with the same number of lanes available as when there is no traffic management. - 8 miles of roadworks - Nil to Slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Narrow lanes in place

M25 between j29 and j31 (near Aveley, Thurrock) Upgrade to M25 both carriageways. Work involves drainage, earthworks, retaining walls, new gantries, wall to centre reserve and surfacing works. Narrow lanes through the scheme on both carriageways with a mandatory 50mph speed restriction (normally de-restricted). Presently working in a verge phase off the hard shoulder with temporary steel safety barrier so traffic running in L3/2/1 - 2.5 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Narrow lanes in place

M1 j21a-Leicester Forest East Services (near Leicester) New bridge construction 50 mph narrow lanes both directions enforced by SPECs - 2.5 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: THIRD PART WORKS - Large sheet piled excavation open in centre reservation of M1 with protection via temporary VRS

M1 j20 (near Lutterworth) Bridge works Southbound exit slip lane 1 closed and northbound entry slip lane 1 closed. - 0.5 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Bridge parapets are currently being replaced. Traffic management in place for safety reasons.

M50 j1-2 (near Tewkesbury) Structural repairs Single lane closures eastbound & westbound - 1 mile of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Single lane closures and narrow lanes to limit and restrict loading on bridge below to ensure structure is not compromised during concrete repairs.

M1 j41-42 (near Wakefield) Smart motorway scheme Narrow Lanes with 50mph speed restrictions – 2 miles of roadworks in each direction Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: The technology for the smart motorway is being commissioned to enable the junction to open at the end of January. Four lanes are open on the northbound carriageway although there is still a 50mph speed limit.

A180 & A160 Brocklesby (near Immingham) Carriageway Improvement works Narrow lanes in place with a speed limit of 50mph on the A180 and 40mph on the A160. - 3.5 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Traffic management is to provide narrow lanes, 50 mph (A180) & 40 mph (A160) speeds restriction alongside open excavations, prevent unsafe manoeuvres.

M6 Highhill Bridge (near Cumbria) 24 hour lane 1 closed both directions to cover failed bridge joints Lane closure - 0 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Lane Closure.

A66 Bassenthwaite Lake (near Cumbria) 24 hour contraflow due to damage caused by flooding 24 hour contraflow due to damaged caused by flooding - 0 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: 24 hour contraflow due to damaged caused by flooding.

A590 (near Cumbria) 40mph speed restriction due to incomplele resurfacing work as a consequence of severe weather/flooding 40 MPH signs in place - 0 miles of roadworks - Moderate Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Resurfacing scheme not finished.

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Published 21 December 2015
Last updated 23 December 2015 + show all updates
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