On-going roadworks across East Midlands will be suspended over the Easter weekend, Highways England has confirmed.
Nationally, more than 450 miles of major roadworks will be lifted over the four-day break to make journeys better for families. Eleven will be lifted in the East Midlands.
A spokesman said Highways England aimed to complete or lift 208 sets of roadworks by 6am on Thursday March 24 – leaving more than 97 percent of its 9,534-mile network free of roadworks in time for the holidays.
Roads Minister Andrew Jones said: “We want to deliver fast and reliable journey times for drivers over the bank holiday weekend so I am pleased hundreds of miles of cones are being lifted.
“This is good news for millions of families and hardworking people who will be travelling and taking advantage of the four-day break.
“We are delivering £15billion of upgrades to our roads to make our highways fit for the future – but motorists should not needlessly be held up.”
Highways England director of customer operations, Mel Clarke, said: “This Easter, we’re helping drivers with their journeys by clearing roadworks across the majority of motorways and major A-roads in England.
“We’ve worked closely with other transport providers to ensure our network can cope with increased demand, and we’re pleased to say that 97.2 per cent of our roads will be free of work to help Easter road trips go smoothly.
“By suspending or completing roadworks, more lanes will be open and many of the associated speed restrictions will be lifted.
“Of course, we still advise drivers to plan their journeys and check the latest traffic and travel updates as well as ensuring they have enough fuel before setting out.
“We’d also remind those with caravans and trailers to check their vehicles before they take to the roads for the first time this year - especially their tyres, to ensure they are not worn or damaged, to help avoid a potential breakdown or incident and help keep traffic flowing.”
Highways England will complete 257 miles of roadworks at 133 locations before the Easter holiday.
A further 75 sets of roadworks and lane restrictions will be suspended across 219 miles of carriageway by 6am on Thursday March 24, until just after midnight on Tuesday March 29.
For the safety of drivers and their passengers, lane restrictions or temporary speed limits will need to remain at major schemes with large excavation areas or major structural projects which require on-going traffic management for safety.
Drivers can get the latest travel information from www.trafficengland.com
The list of East Midlands schemes in this area that will be completed or lifted over the Easter period is as follows:
A5 Wibtoft-Willey (near Lutterworth), Horticultural work, 0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed.
A14 j8-11 (near Kettering), Survey work, five mile(s) of roadworks completed.
M1 j22 (near Leicester), Carriageway improvements, 0.75mile(s) of roadworks lifted.
A14 j1-13 (near Kettering), Horticultural work, 2.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted.
A43 Abthorpe Roundabout (near Towcester), Carriageway improvements, 0.75mile(s) of roadworks lifted.
A45 M1 (j15)-A14(j13) (near Wellingborough), Horticultural work, 2.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted.