THOSE hoping to get away for the bank holiday have been given a boost after Highways England revealed it is lifting roadworks from most of the country’s motorways this weekend.
Among them is the carriageway resurfacing between Junction 1 and 2 of the M42 near Bromsgrove.
A total of 4.4 miles of roadworks will cease for the next few days.
There will be a 40mph limits with narrow lanes for 3.2miles on Junction 4 of the M5.
Because the works there are major they cannot be lifted but the department expects little or no delays for those using the route.
Nationwide, in total, almost 400 lane-miles of roadworks on motorways and A roads will be removed or suspended by 6am on Friday (May 22).
Simon Sheldon-Wilson, director of customer operations at Highways England, said: “We are working with Network Rail and others to manage the impact of any industrial action on our customers.
“Motorways and major routes are likely to be even busier than usual if the planned industrial action goes ahead as travellers switch from rail to roads. We anticipate that customers may start noticing a difference in traffic during Friday afternoon and evening, when there could be extra journeys on our roads as the result of the planned rail action.
“During and immediately after the bank holiday we will be doing everything possible to manage traffic, such as removing temporary road works where practical. We’ll have extra traffic officer patrols and recovery vehicles on standby, and we’ll keep customers informed with real-time travel information online and via variable message signs.”