No roadworks on Jubilee weekend
- Published on Tuesday, 29 May 2012 12:44
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Roadworks across the country are being lifted for the long bank holiday weekend to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Millions of people in the UK will have June 2nd to 5th off work and holidaymakers are expected to take to the roads, potentially causing congestion.
In order to mitigate the effects of increased traffic, the Highways Agency has revealed it is lifting or completing almost 90 per cent of its roadworks.
The organisation stated it will finish around 275 miles of projects and lift 43 miles of work between June 1st and 6th to facilitate holiday traffic and there will be Highways Agency officers patrolling the network to handle incidents quickly and get traffic moving.
Roads minister Mike Penning said:
"This means that 99 per cent of the strategic road network will be clear of roadworks over the bank holiday period."
As the Olympic Torch Relay continues around the country, drivers in affected areas have been urged to plan their journeys with this in mind and as the UK is gearing up for the 2012 London Games this summer traffic levels are expected to increase, particularly in the south-east.