- Some 448 miles of roadworks completed or suspended
- Includes schemes on the under-pressure M1 and M25 motorways
- Benefits to festive journeys as well as people commuting in 2017
More than 400 miles of roadworks have been completed in time for the Christmas and New Year break, including schemes on the busy M1 and M25 motorways, hopefully enabling quieter commutes come the New Year.
A further 41 miles have been suspended until 3 January to help ease the flow of festive traffic for families as well as people working during the December break.
Key schemes finished before 23 December included:
- The £191 million improvement scheme at Catthorpe junction 19 of the M1 – served by 142,000 vehicles every day
- Upgrades to 5.4 miles of the M1 between junction 34 and 35a
- The £100 million junction upgrade where the M25 motorway meets the A13 in Essex
- The Chain Bar junction (where the M62 meets the M606) which will gain another lane
Nick Harris, Highways England operations director, said: 'By suspending or completing roadworks, more lanes will be open and many speed restrictions will be lifted.
'Our traffic officers will also be on patrol working to clear any incidents; the vast majority of which will be dealt with in under an hour.'