By Will Soutter
The Highways Agency will assist in avoiding traffic jam during the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday weekend by finishing or lifting nearly 90% of its roadworks.
Roads Minister, Mike Penning
According to the agency, it will complete nearly 275 miles of works prior to the double bank holiday and will lift an additional 43 miles from June 1 to 6, 2012 in order to offer an additional lane space during holiday traffic.
The traffic officers of the agency will help in clearing traffic incidents rapidly in the network by patrolling the area during the holiday period. Moreover, the agency will provide a range of information services to assist road users to chart their journeys.
The agency will complete the roadworks at 100 locations before the bank holiday. An additional 17 sets of lane restrictions and roadworks will be lifted by 06:00 on June 1 and will not be placed back prior to 00:01 on June 6, 2012. In addition, temporary speed limits or lane restrictions will be kept in place at 16 locations to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers.
The agency predicts that Friday evening and Saturday morning will be the busiest periods over the holiday weekend as people start on day trips or short breaks. Additionally, it encourages road users to chart their journeys well before their travel because the Torch Relay is taking place currently throughout the country. Moreover, the London 2012 Games and the summer holidays are also nearing.
Roads Minister, Mike Penning informed that the agency is lifting or completing around 9 out every 10 sets of roadworks in England, meaning that around 99% of the road network will be free from roadworks during the holiday weekend.