Friday, 15 April 2016

Ban on roadworks lasting for miles and miles to end the tailbacks which blight busy motorways and A-roads . . .

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Ban on roadworks lasting for miles and miles to end the tailbacks which blight busy motorways and A-roads

  • Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin orders an end to miles of closures
  • Government says drivers must be treated with 'respect' during works
  • Highways England will have to give better information about its plans 

Cited at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3244658/Ban-roadworks-lasting-miles-miles-end-tailbacks-blight-busy-motorways-roads.html


Roadworks which last for miles on end are to be banned by ministers to end the misery of tailbacks on some of the country's busiest roads.

Ministers have ordered the Highways England to draw up new rules on digging up key routes and carrying out resurfacing work.

While pressing ahead with major upgrades across the country, the government has insisted that highways drivers must be treated with 'respect'.

The M1 (pictured) has been singled out as the most annoying for drivers with some improvement schemes lasting for years

The number of repairs has risen by more than 20 per cent in the last year,according to official figures.

It means a third of UK car journeys are now hit by delays as a result of the soaring number of roadworks.

The M1 has been singled out as the most annoying for drivers, with one improvement scheme at Junction 10a having started in October 2013.

Now the government has ordered an end to miles and miles of lane closures and speed restrictions.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has called on Highways England, which is responsible for motorways and major A-roads, to take action to limit the impact of roadworks.

The Department for Transport played down reports that Mr McLoughlin has set a limit of two miles for each stretch of roadworks.

But he has called for better information for drivers about planned works - including how long they will last and likely delays - so they can plan alternative routes 

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has called on Highways England, which is responsible for motorways and major A-roads, to take action to limit the impact of roadworks

A DfT spokesperson said: 'Our Road Investment Strategy will deliver the biggest upgrade to Britain's roads in a generation and secure our transport network for the long-term. 

'But as it is delivered we've got to respect the drivers who use our roads every day. That means taking common sense decisions to minimise frustrations wherever possible.' 

A massive programme of road improvements have added to congestion on some of the country's busiest routes.

A scheme to create 'smart motorways' which allow for the hard shoulder to be used at busy times has led to long queues in some areas. 

Traffic information company Inrix reports that there is an 18-mile stretch of roadworks on the M1 near Chesterfield and 15 miles on the M3 near Farnborough.




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