Saturday, 6 September 2014

M4 and M5 traffic: at least one lane closed on both every single day in 2013 . . .


M4 and M5 traffic: at least one lane closed on both every single day in 2013

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It's official - the West Country's main motorways are among the worst in the country for roadworks.

There was not a single day in 2013 when there wasn't a lane closure on both of the M4 and M5.

The M5, which runs between Birmingham and Exeter, and the M4, which runs from London to Swansea, were among seven motorway in the UK that did not have a clear day at all in 2013.

The lane closures could have been caused by scheduled roadworks or accidents.

Major investment on the motorways, particularly in the area around the M4/M5 junction at Almondsbury near Bristol, will hopefully improve the situation going forwards.

There were also 358 days of lane closures on the M62 in northern England, 357 on the M40 which runs west from London to South Wales and 355 on the M27 in Hampshire.

The figures were obtained from the Highways Agency by motor insurer and cover England’s motorways.

According to the figures, the motorway on which drivers were least lumbered with lane closures last year was the 12-mile long M48 which connects England with South Wales.

There were only 40 days of lane closures on the M65 in Lancashire and only 55 days on another 12-mile long route, the M58 in north west England.

Other motorways where closures were confined to only a small number of days included the M61 near Manchester (90 days), the M69 in the Midlands (103 days) and the M53 in Cheshire (119 days)

Swiftcover said that in 2013, more than a third of motorways had lane closures for at least six months, while a quarter were fully open for 25 days or less.

The company added: “Motorists can expect an increase in motorway road works during 2014 as a result of the Government’s £317 million ’pinch point’ programme.

“This ambitious programme includes 123 extensive road works projects across the UK. However, less than a quarter of these have so far been completed.” product manager Roman Bryl said: “Some of our busiest road networks are never fully operational, and lane closures and diversions are a source of real frustration to drivers.

“Obviously it is important that motorways are kept in a good state of repair, but maintenance works can be very disruptive and stressful. Drivers should bear in mind that motorways may not actually be the quickest route for their journey, and plan ahead in order to avoid potential delays.”

These were the number of days in 2013 on which there were lane closures on the worst-affected motorways:


M6 = 365
M1 = 365
M4 = 365
M5 = 365
M25 = 365
M60 = 365
M54 = 365
M62 = 358
M40 = 357
M27 = 355
M50 = 342
M42 = 340

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