Good news if yes, as the Government announces a ‘roadworks embargo’ to run from December 22 – January 2


If you plan on driving over the Christmas and/or New Year period, you’ll be pleased to know that you shouldn’t get stuck in a traffic jam as the UK Government has pledged that a ‘roadworks embargo’ will be put in place to last from 22 December right through to 2 January 2018.

On Monday, Highways England announced their intention to either complete or put on-hold around 400 miles of roadworks up and down the country over the festive period so that motorists aren’t having to endure queues created by temporary traffic lights and contraflow systems.

According to Melanie Clarke, customer service director for Highways England, a ‘roadworks embargo’ will be in place across the country from 6am on 22 December to 12:01am on 2 January 2018.

Good news if yes, as the Government announces a 'roadworks embargo' to run from December 22 - January 2

Will you be driving over the Christmas period?


The embargo has been enforced to ‘help people get away this Christmas with as little disruption as possible’.

Around 99% of the roadworks on Highways England’ routes will be lifted to make sure that drivers have a hassle-free run up to Christmas and the New Year.

In an official statement, it was confirmed that roadworks will either be completed or suspended during the ‘roadworks embargo’, freeing up lanes for motorists and removing speed restrictions in the run up to Christmas.

To ensure the promise runs smoothly, around 5,000 members of staff will be working over the festive period to manage congestion and clear up any incidents.

According to Rod Dennis, spokesman for the RAC, this will be welcome news for motorists up and down the country but warned that drivers may still see delays in some areas simply because of the higher volume of traffic.

The news will also be welcomed by delivery firms and hauliers, whose run up to Christmas tends to be much busier and a lot more stressful. Having the roads clear and free from queues will make a massive difference to the service they provide.


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