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Highways England lightening the load for motorists and hauliers this Christmas

Highways England lightening the load for motorists and hauliers this Christmas

A £15 billion investment on motorways and major A-roads is helping motorists and hauliers this festive season get to their destinations quicker and with fewer delays, according to Highways England.  

Since it was created in 2015, Highways England has completed 18 road improvements across the country.  

And Highways England is also going the extra mile this Christmas to help motorists and hauliers reach their destinations hassle-free as it prepares to lift and complete almost 400 miles of roadworks across the country.  

Almost 99% of motorways and strategic A-roads will be roadworks-free in time for Christmas, meaning people travelling to meet up with families and friends can more easily reach their destinations.  

UK next day parcel delivery firm DPD, which will deliver 16 million parcels in the three weeks up to Christmas with its 9,000-strong army of drivers notching up more than 15 million miles of driving, has welcomed the move.  

Justin Pegg, UK operations director for DPD, said: “Time is always of the essence in our business, so the work Highways England does throughout the year and especially in December is hugely appreciated. We’re out there every single day in December - quite literally delivering Christmas - and if the roads are clear, it makes a huge difference to the service our drivers can provide.”  

To help make journeys better in December, Highways England repair teams will be working around the clock to complete hundreds of miles of road improvements in time for the Christmas getaway.  

The roadworks embargo runs from 6am on 22 December until 12.01am on 2 January to help people get away this Christmas with as little disruption as possible.  

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

Highways England’s customer service director Melanie Clarke, said: “We’re doing everything we can to make journeys as smooth as possible this Christmas and that’s why we’re keeping 99% of the road network we manage free from roadworks.

  “Over the past two years we’ve already added 190 lane miles of much needed capacity and that will make life easier for those travelling around this month, as the Christmas countdown begins.”  

And this Christmas, more than 5,000 Highways England staff including traffic officers and control room operatives will be working around the clock, helping to clear incidents and manage congestion.