Road Restrictions Lifted For Big Christmas Getaway

If you're starting to pack bags ready for the big Christmas getaway today, there's some good news if you're driving to your destination.

400 miles of roadworks are being lifted for journeys home for Christmas.

Highways England Director of Customer Operations, Melanie Clarke, said: "This Christmas, we're clearing roadworks across the majority of motorways and major A-roads in England to help people make important journeys to see family and friends.

"Where possible, we've completed or lifted roadworks, leaving more lanes open and lifting many of the associated speed restrictions to help people travelling over the festive period.

"Drivers can do their bit to make their festive journeys run smoothly by planning longer journeys ahead of time and checking weather and travel conditions before setting out.

"It's also worth packing an emergency winter kit in your boot, before making any seasonal journeys this Christmas. Make sure you've got de-icer, an ice-scraper, warm clothes, boots and a torch, in case your vehicle breaks down."

Here's full details from Highways Agency:

 

Completed for Christmas Bank Holiday:
 
M1 j18-19 (near Rugby)
Bridge works
2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.
 
M1 j15-16 (near Northampton)
Bridge works
2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.
 
M1 j15-15a (near Northampton)
Sign works
0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.
 
M69 j1-M1 (near Hinckley)
Training
2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

M69 j1-M1 (near Hinckley)
Horticultural
2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

A5 Weedon Bec (near Daventry)
Survey works
0.25 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.


A14 j8-9 (near Kettering)
Electrical works
3.82 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.
 
A45 Great Billing (near Northampton)
Barrier repairs
0.75 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.
 
A45 Higham Ferrers (near Irthlingborough)
Sign works
1 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.
 
A45 Barnes Meadow-Earls Barton (near Wellingborough)
Survey works
2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.
 
A45 Great Billing-Earls Barton (near Wellingborough)
Signage works
2.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.
 
A45 Earls Barton (near Wellingborough)
Drainage works
1.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Christmas Bank Holiday.

*****

LIFTED for XMAS only

A5 Sheep Roundabout (near Dunstable)
Carriageway Resurfacing
2mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.
 
A5/A505 Roundabout (near Dunstable)
Carriageway Resurfacing
2mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.
 
A5/B5450 Markyate junction (near Dunstable)
Carriageway Resurfacing
2mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.
 
A5 Horse & Jockey (near Dunstable)
Carriageway Resurfacing
2mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.
 
A5 Half Moon / Beech Road (near Dunstable)
Carriageway Resurfacing
2mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.


A45 Great Doddington-Higher Farrers (near Wellingborough)
Carriageway Repairs
2.5mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Christmas Bank Holiday.


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NO RESTRICTIONS LIFTED ie remaining

M1 between j11 and j12 (near Luton)
Phase 2 works with construction of central pier for new j11a structure being currently constructed
Temporary road restraint in place between j11 and j12 with a 50mph speed limit in place to protect road users and the workforce (the speed limit is normally NSL).  The dynamic hard shoulder is closed. - 2 miles of roadworks - Moderate
Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: all roadworks will be removed allowing 4 lanes of traffic through the scheme, 50mph speed limit, free recovery & CCTV will remain
 
M1 junction 19 (near Lutterworth)
Provision of a new M6-A14 link underneath the M1
Northbound and southbound carriageways of the M1 in lane 2 and lane 3 running - 2.9 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight
Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Permanent safety barrier removed for new verge construction.  Excavation along verges.

A14 between A14 junction1 and the Catthorpe Interchange (near Lutterworth)
Provision of a new M6-A14 link and new M1 to A14 and A14 to M1 slip roads.
N/A - 2.2 miles of roadworks - Nil to slight
Reason roadworks cannot be lifted for the Christmas Bank Holiday: Adjacent construction works, excavations.

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