Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Relief for Road Haulage Truck and Car Drivers as Roadworks Finished or Lifted for Bank Holiday

Freight Association Welcomes Ninety Eight Percent of Roads Free of Works
Shipping News Feature
ENGLAND – In a welcome move that will affect car drivers more than the road haulage truck community, Highways England will lift or complete over 370 miles of roadworks in time for the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend. By early on Friday morning (August 26) almost 98% of England’s motorway and major A roads, the strategic road network, will have no roadworks, with 373 miles of roadworks removed, comprising 179 sets of roadworks, totalling 319 miles completed and 22 sets suspended totalling 54 miles, ahead of the holiday.

The government says it is investing £15 billion 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 Chief Executive, Jim O’Sullivan said:

“This August bank holiday, we’re helping drivers with their journeys by clearing roadworks across the majority of our motorways and major A roads in England. Our traffic officers will also be on patrol and working with partners to help clear any incidents; the vast majority of which will be dealt with in under an hour.

“We’re asking people to be prepared too. Make sure you have everything you need for your journey should there be any delays, check before and during your journey and also make sure you’re aware of the signs and signals on motorways. Our website can help drivers plan their journeys, and by listening to local radio stations, or by calling our information line (0300 123 5000) they can keep up to date with conditions on the roads.”

A full list of the changes can be seen here and there is a map showing the locations of lifted and completed schemes here. Freight Transport Association (FTA) Head of Road Network Management Policy, Malcolm Bingham, welcomed the news saying:

“Lifting such a significant number of roadworks during the Bank Holiday weekend is good news for all motorists. We know from experience there will be a significant amount of extra traffic on the national motorways and trunk roads over the next few days. The FTA is urging drivers to use the roads responsibly as interruptions to the network raises the cost of moving goods to shops, supermarkets and as well as services to festivals and weekend events. Roadworks are never popular. We know that there is due to be a significant increase in work planned over the next few years, due to the large increase in road infrastructure funding, so it is even more important to make sure that what available roads space we have is maximised to facilitate reliable journeys.

"The summer sports tournaments are great examples of how logistics delivers absolutely everything, from the smallest tennis ball to the enormous replica trophy that appeared on the pitch at the end of the Euro 2016 final. The importance of logistics to the supply chain cannot be underestimated. Sun lotion, flip-flops, ice cream, beach towels, all the summer essentials reach us thanks to logistics. Without it, the shops would be empty and our cupboards would be bare."