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South west roadworks completed in time for Christmas

South west roadworks completed in time for Christmas

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:46am 20th December 2019.

More than 800 miles of roadworks are being completed or lifted across the country in time for Christmas.

It comes as the big festive getaway gets underway in Cornwall on 'Frantic Friday'.

More than 30 million car journeys are expected to be made on the UK's roads over the holiday period, with the A30 and A38 being the busiest in the Duchy.

Now Highways England has confirmed that it is working to help drivers have smoother journeys.

Around 98 per cent of motorways and major A roads will be roadworks-free in time for Christmas.

The vast majority of roadworks will be removed from the motorway and major A-road network from 6am Friday, December 20th until 12.01am on Thursday, January 2nd.

To avoid busy travel times, Highways England is urging drivers to check traffic conditions before they set out and to make sure their vehicle is ready for the journey ahead.
Research shows almost half of all breakdowns are caused by simple mechanical problems which could be avoided with simple checks and nearly a quarter are caused by tyre problems.

Where are roadworks are being completed in the south west?

A38 Tideford to Landrake - 0.74 mile(s) of roadworks completed
A38 Goodstone to Drumbridges - 5.42 mile(s) of roadworks completed
A38 Ivybridge - 0.62 mile(s) of roadworks completed
M5 Jct 24 to 25 (near Taunton) - 4.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed
M5 Jct 20 to 31 -19.88 mile(s) of roadworks completed
M5 Jct 30 to 31 (near Exeter) - 6.88 mile(s) of roadworks completed

"We don't want roadworks to spoil Christmas so we're doing everything we can to make journeys as smooth as possible; that's why we're keeping around 98 per cent of the road network we manage free from roadworks.

"And we're asking drivers to be prepared too. We know from experience that almost half of breakdowns can easily be avoided if motorists carry out simple vehicle checks before their journeys.

"So, before you set off, check traffic conditions, check your vehicle, and make sure you're aware of the signs and signals on motorways."

Highways England's customer service director, Melanie Clarke

Before they set off, Highways England is urging motorists to:

  • Check fuel: Make sure you have enough to get to your destination
  • Check tyres: check your tyre pressure and the condition of your tyres, including the spare. Look out for cuts or wear and make sure the tyres have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, which is the legal limit
  • Check engine oil: Use your dipstick to check oil before any long journey, and top up if needed - take your car back to the garage if you're topping up more than usual
  • Check water: To ensure you have good visibility, always keep your screen wash topped up so you can clear debris or dirt off your windscreen
  • Check your lights: If your indicators, hazard lights, headlights, fog lights, reverse lights or brake lights are not functioning properly, you are putting yourself at risk. In addition, light malfunctions can be a reason for your vehicle to fail its MOT

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