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National Highways, formerly Highways England, will lift or complete 394 miles of roadworks across England ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
The move, which will see almost 98% of England’s major A-roads and motorways free of roadworks between Sunday 28th November and Friday 3rd December, aims to help delivery firms despatch products smoothly over the biggest online shopping weekend of the year.
National Highways is also encouraging motorists heading out on the roads in search of a bargain to think about checking their vehicle before setting off.
National Highways Customer Services Director, Melanie Clarke said:
“We know that many people will be purchasing goods on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday and that’s why we’re doing our bit to help.
“We’ve worked hard to lift and complete as many roadworks as it’s safe to do so to help make journeys as smooth as possible and that’s why we’re keeping around 98 per cent of the road network we manage free from roadworks.
“And we’re asking drivers to be prepared as well. We know from experience that almost half of breakdowns can easily be avoided if motorists carry out simple vehicle checks before their journeys.
“So, before you set off, check traffic conditions, check your vehicle, and make sure you’re aware of the signs and signals on motorways.”
The removal of roadworks has been welcomed by the haulage sector.
Mark O’Doherty, Director UK Linehaul, DHL Express UK said:
“At this exceptionally busy time, we welcome the suspension of almost 400 miles of roadworks to support us in keeping our network running efficiently, enabling swift delivery for our customers. This approach is something we would like to see more often going forward.”