Drivers rejoice! Roadworks being paused for Easter weekend getaway

DRIVERS will have one less thing to worry about this Easter – roadworks.

National Highways has announced it is lifting more than 1,400 miles of works for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

More than 98 per cent of England’s motorway and major A road network will be free from roadworks over the holiday period, the organisation said.

The roadworks will be removed from England’s major A-road and motorway network by 6am on Thursday, April 6, and not put back in place until Tuesday, April 11.

According to a recent survey commissioned by the organisation responsible for managing England’s major A-road and motorway network, more than a third of motorists were unaware of number of HGV blind spots.

Dave Harford, Traffic Officer for National Highways, who patrols the M5, M42, M50 and other major routes said: ”This is the first bank holiday of the year, so we expect the roads to be busy with people looking to make the most of a long weekend.”

Meanwhile, National Highways is also reminding motorists to make sure their vehicle is in good shape ahead of any journeys.

They are being urged to check tyre pressures, tread depth and tyre age including the spare, before setting off.

Dave added: “Although the legal limit for tyre tread depth is 1.6mm, we recommend you don’t let the tread get that low.

“Changing the tyre at 2mm in summer and 3mm in winter is good practice and maintains overall good tyre performance in all conditions.

“Look out for cuts or wear over the full width of the tyre and don’t forget to check the sidewall.

“To check your tyre pressure, visit most fuel and service station forecourts, which have an air machine for checking and inflating your tyre pressure.”

If you are stopped by the police and found with illegal tyres, you could receive a £2,500 fine and 3 penalty points per tyre.

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