155 miles of roadworks removed for Easter getaway in the South-East

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Travelling to see family and/or friends this Easter? More than 145 miles of major roadworks will be lifted in the South-East over the four-day Easter break.

Highways England aims to complete or lift 208 sets of roadworks nationally by 6am on Thursday (March 24) – leaving more than 97% of its 9,534-mile network free of roadworks in time for the holidays.

The government is investing £15bn 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 – and Highways England is taking action to reduce delays over the bank holiday break.

Roads Minister Andrew Jones said: “We want to deliver fast and reliable journey times for drivers over the bank holiday weekend so I am pleased hundreds of miles of cones are being lifted.

“This is good news for millions of families and hard-working people who will be travelling and taking advantage of the four-day break.”

‎Highways England Director of Customer Operations, Mel Clarke, said: “This Easter, we’re helping drivers with their journeys by clearing roadworks across the majority of motorways and major A-roads in England.

“We’ve worked closely with other transport providers to ensure our network can cope with increased demand, and we’re pleased to say that 97.2 per cent of our roads will be free of work to help Easter road trips go smoothly.

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

“Of course, we still advise drivers to plan their journeys and check the latest traffic and travel updates as well as ensuring they have enough fuel before setting out.

“We’d also remind those with caravans and trailers 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.”

Highways England will complete 257 miles of roadworks at 133 locations before the Easter holiday.

A further 75 sets of roadworks and lane restrictions will be suspended across 219 miles of carriageway by 6am on Thursday 24 March, until just after midnight on Tuesday 29 March.

For the safety of drivers and their passengers, lane restrictions or temporary speed limits will need to remain at major schemes with large excavation areas or major structural projects which require on-going traffic management for safety.

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

The full list of schemes which will be completed or lifted over the Easter period is as follows:

COMPLETED

M3 j6 (near Basingstoke)

Roundabout Improvements

0.6 mile(s) of roadworks completed. M20 junctions 6 to 13 (near Ashford)

Vegetation clearance

2 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M4 j1 to j3 (near Heston)

Carriageway Closure for pier strengthening work

10.6 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M4 j2 entry slip (near Heston)

Carriageway Closure for pier strengthening work

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M4 Heston Services entry slip (near Heston)

Carriageway Closure for pier strengthening work

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M11 j6 (near Epping)

Lane 1 closure for resurfacing

0 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M11 j5 to j6 (near Epping)

Lane 1 closure for resurfacing

0.6 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M11 southbound to M25 Clockwise Link Road (near Epping)

Carriageway closure for resurfacing work

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M11 northbound to M25 Clockwise Link Road (near Epping)

Carriageway closure for resurfacing work

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M20 junctions 3 to 8 (near Maidstone)

Signal upgrade

4 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M20 junction 9 (near Ashford)

Carriageway inspections

10 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M20 junctions 3 to 13 (near Maidstone)

Routine electrical lighting maintenance

0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M23 junction 10a (near Crawley)

Carriageway resurfacing

3 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M23 junction 10 (near Crawley)

Geotechnical inspections

0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M23 junction 9 (near Crawley)

Carriageway resurfacing

1.2 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M25 j26 to j24 (near Enfield)

Carriageway closure for inspection/ survey

1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M25 j25 entry slip (near Enfield)

Carriageway closure for inspection/ survey

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M25 j24 to j25 (near Enfield)

Lane 1, 2, 3 closure for retexturing work

0 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M25 j27 to j28 (near Epping)

Carriageway closure for resurfacing work

1.7 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M25 j28 exit slip (near Epping)

Lane 1 closure for electrical work

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M25 j28 exit slip (near Epping)

Lane 2 closure for electrical work

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M25 j28 roundabout (near Epping)

Lane 1 or 3 closure for electrical work

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M25 j31 entry slip (near Dartford)

Carriageway closure for street lighting work

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M25 j31 entry slip (near Dartford)

Carriageway closure for Bridge bearings

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M25 j29 roundabout (near Romford)

Lane closure for concrete testing

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M25 j29 roundabout (near Romford)

Carriageway closure for bridge inspection

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M25 j29 roundabout (near Romford)

Carriageway closure for bridge inspection

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M25 j29 roundabout (near Romford)

Carriageway closure for bridge inspection

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M25 j23 exit slip (near Potters Bar)

Lane 1 closure for resurfacing work

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M25 j24 to j23 (near Potters Bar)

Lane 1 closure for resurfacing work

2.2 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M25 j23 Exit slip (near Potters Bar)

Carriageway closure for resurfacing work

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M25 j18 (near Rickmansworth)

Lane 2,3,4 closure for structure inspections

3.2 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

M25 j2 exit slip (near Swanley)

Lane 2 closure for structure inspections

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A1M j23 roundabout (near Potters Bar)

Lane 4 closure for resurfacing work

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A1M j1 exit (near Potters Bar)

Lane 1 closure for resurfacing work

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A1M j23 roundabout (near Potters Bar)

Lane 1, 2 closure for resurfacing work

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A1M j2 to j4 (near Hatfield)

Carriageway closure for testing

4.2 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A1M j4 to j2 (near Hatfield)

Carriageway closure for testing

3.6 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A1 - M25 to Rowley Lane (near Borehamwood)

Carriageway closure for resurfacing work

1.2 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A2 Brenley Corner (near Faversham)

Lighting renewals

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A2 Brenley Corner (near Canterbury)

Lighting maintenance

0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A20/A260 Capel-le-Ferne (near Folkestone)

Lighting maintenance

0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A20 Roundhill Tunnel (near Folkestone)

Routine maintenance

0.9 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A21 Vauxhall to Lamberhurst (near Tunbridge Wells)

Carriageway resurfacing

3.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A23 Pyecombe (near Pyecombe)

Third party utility work

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A27 Falmer (near Brighton)

Carriageway investigation

1.9 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A27 Southwick (near Worthing)

Routine maintenance

0.9 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A27 Patcham (near Brighton)

Drainage investigation

6.2 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A27 Sompting (near Worthing)

Carriageway resurfacing

3.7 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A27 Stockbridge (near Chichester)

Carriageway investigations

0.6 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A27 Salvington (near Worthing)

Vegetation clearance

0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A27 Worthing (near Worthing)

Carriageway investigations

1.2 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A27 Crossbush (near Arundel)

Carriageway investigations

1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A27 Chichester (near Chichester)

Vegetation clearance

5.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A259 Pevensey (near Pevensey)

Roadmarking reinstatement

3.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A282 DRC East Tunnel (near Dartford)

Tunnel closure for bolt torque work

0.9 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A282 DRC East Tunnel (near Dartford)

Tunnel closure for bolt torque work

0.9 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A282 QEII Bridge closure (near Dartford)

Bridge closure for bearing work

0.9 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A282 j1a entry slip (near Dartford)

Lane 1 closure for street lighting

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A282 j2 - j1b link (near Dartford)

Lane 1 closure for street lighting

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A282 j1b - j2 link (near Dartford)

Carriageway closure for street lighting

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A1023 Southbound (near Romford)

Lane 1 or 2 closure for electrical work

0.1 mile(s) of roadworks completed.

A2070 Brenzett (near Ashford)

Lighting maintenance

0.2 0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed

LIFTED

M2 junction 5 (near Sittingbourne)

Bearing replacement

30mile(s) of roadworks lifted.

M20 junction 4 (near Maidstone)

Third party work

2.4mile(s) of roadworks lifted.

M23 junction 9 (near Crawley)

Sign installation

19mile(s) of roadworks lifted.

M23 junction 10a (near Crawley)

Carriageway resurfacing

3mile(s) of roadworks lifted.

A2 Littledale (near Dartford)

Concrete repairs

1.6mile(s) of roadworks lifted.

A2 Darenth (near Dartford)

AMI sign replacement

3.1mile(s) of roadworks lifted.

A20 Dover (near Dover)

Licencee work

0.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted.

A20 Dover (near Dover)

Lighting maintenance work

0.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted.

A21 Hurst Green (near Hurst Green)

Third party utility work

0.1mile(s) of roadworks lifted.

A27 Offington (near Worthing)

Drainage renewals

0.1mile(s) of roadworks lifted.

A27 Worthing (near Worthing)

S278 work

7mile(s) of roadworks lifted.

A27 Adur (near Shoreham)

Carriageway realignment

1.8mile(s) of roadworks lifted.

A27 Chichester (near Chichester)

S278 work footpath and cycleway improvements

0.1mile(s) of roadworks lifted.

A2070 Ashford (near Ashford)

Road marking reinstatement

0.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted.

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