DRIVERS using major routes in Burton and South Derbyshire should have smoother journeys this bank holiday after highways chiefs decided to axe planned roadworks.
The Highways Agency revealed that it was clearing 75 per cent of its roadworks across the country to help minimise congestion and smooth journeys over the bank holiday weekend.
Any work planned on the A38 and A50 will either be completed or suspended until Tuesday in a bid to reduce disruption or keep it to a minimum.
Simon Sheldon-Wilson, director of traffic management at the agency, spoke to the Mail about the thinking behind the move.
He said: “To help road users enjoy this bank holiday weekend – and hopefully some fine weather – we will be completing or suspending roadworks on major trunk roads.
“But we still ask people to plan their journeys by making use of the traffic information services we provide.”
This afternoon is expected to be the busiest time over this bank holiday weekend as people take day trips, short breaks or longer holidays for the half-term break.
Roadworks and lane restrictions will not be put back in place before 12.01am on Tuesday.
Highways Agency traffic officers will be visible on the motorways and on standby to deal with incidents and keep traffic moving, so the impact of problems is limited in the case of any ‘live accidents’.
The Highways Agency provides information services to help people check traffic conditions.
Live traffic information is available by visiting www.highways.gov.uk, or road users can also call the Highways Agency information line on 03001 235000 to keep up to date with what is happening.