Roadworks wound up for bank holiday
Motorists will benefit from the suspension, or completion, of a number of roadworks over the bank holiday weekend, it has been announced.
Around 365 miles of roadworks on England's motorways and major trunk roads will be completed this week and a further 95 miles of works will be suspended, said the Highways Agency.
A total of 111 works will be finished in time for the holiday weekend, while 23 sets of works will be suspended.
But restrictions will remain in place at 22 locations, including those on a stretch of the M1 near Luton in Bedfordshire and works on parts of the M25.
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. A total of 99% of motorways and trunk roads in England will be clear of roadworks, meaning more lanes will be open and many speed restrictions lifted."
The RAC has predicted that roads this year will be quieter than previous August bank holidays.
It added that expected traffic would build up during the day on Friday with an extended rush hour until late evening as people looked to get a head start.
Kevin Andrews, RAC patrol ambassador of the year, said: "Whatever the weather, August bank holiday is always one of the busiest of the year but the current high fuel prices are changing people's driving habits and could lead to less congestion than in recent years.
"However, traffic around theme parks and other events, including the many music festivals, will impact on local traffic volumes and I would advise drivers to check their routes in advance of the journey to avoid getting caught up in slow-moving traffic."