WITH THOUSANDS OF caravanners set to enjoy the last bank holiday of the summer, busy roads are a certainty this weekend. However, congestion should be eased by the Highways Agency’s pledge to suspend 95 miles of road works between Friday 26 and Monday 29 of August, and complete another 365 miles of works before the big getaway starts.


Roads Minister, Mike Penning, said: “The main holiday routes have been busy throughout the school holidays and the Highways Agency has worked hard to keep these flowing – as well as providing live traffic updates from its control centres.


“For the bank holiday weekend, we are completing or lifting roadworks to provide extra lane capacity and help even further. Ninety-nine percent of motorways and trunk roads in England will be clear of roadworks, meaning more lanes will be open and many speed restrictions lifted.”


If you are heading away this weekend, the Highways Agency website is a handy source of live traffic information (www.highways.gov.uk/traffic). You can access the same traffic news from a smart phone while you’re out and about (www.highways.gov.uk/mobile).