National Highways has announced it will remove over 1,000 miles of roadworks to ease motorists' festive commutes.

This means more than 98 per cent of motorways and major A-roads will be free of roadworks, which will allow those travelling to see loved ones or making other journeys for Christmas to have a smoother commute.

The vast majority of roadworks will be removed from 6am on Tuesday, December 19 until 12.01am on Tuesday, January 2.



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National Highways customer service director, Andrew Butterfield, said: "December is an incredibly busy period which is why we’re improving journeys for motorists by keeping 98 per cent of the roads we manage free from roadworks over Christmas.

"We know from experience that peak travel times can vary at this time of year, so it's really important that drivers check traffic conditions before heading out to help keep traffic flowing."

Minister for roads and local transport, Guy Opperman MP, said: "We’re on the side of drivers, which is why National Highways is lifting hundreds of miles of roadworks to make sure everyone’s festive getaway is as smooth as possible, improving journey times and helping people get from A to B easier."

Providing advice for safe travel, Mr Butterfield added: "It’s also good practice to make sure your vehicle is prepared for the journey ahead.

"Ensure you have plenty of fuel, the tyres are in good condition, and you have suitable clothing and snacks in the car in case you run into difficulties."

National Highways encourages drivers to follow its T.R.I.P guidance ahead of a long commute: top-up fuel, oil and screenwash, rest ahead of their journey, inspect tyre pressure and tread, and prepare a plan for all weathers.

Drivers are also being reminded what to do in the event of vehicle problems during their journey with advice to immediately contact National Highways on 0300 123 5000 and then a breakdown recovery provider if they experience difficulties.

If an exit at the next junction or service area isn't possible, motorists are advised to stay calm and try to move to the left-hand side.