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Fuel For Thought As Motorists Head Off On Easter Getaway
Have a safe trip!
Highways England is lifting more than 300 miles of roadworks to improve journeys for millions of people travelling this Easter holiday.

Almost 98 per cent of motorways and strategic A roads will be roadworks-free over the bank holiday, meaning motorists and their passengers can enjoy journeys with as little disruption as possible.

The Government company is also reminding drivers to check their vehicles before they set off - as it was revealed around 20 motorists break down every day because they have run out of fuel.

In Yorkshire and the North East there were more than 870 breakdowns in 2015 due to lack of fuel.

Latest statistics show almost half of all breakdowns are caused by simple mechanical problems which could be avoided with simple checks. Nearly a quarter are caused by tyre problems.

Highways England Chief Executive, Jim O'Sullivan said:

"I want all drivers to arrive at their destinations safely. We are removing almost all of our roadworks across the country to make people's journeys easier for people this Easter, - and we are urging drivers to make sure they are ready by checking their fuel, tyres, and lights. Anyone who runs out of fuel is putting themselves and other road users, including their own passengers at risk. With a few simple checks that risk can be overcome and everyone will be safer."

The government is investing £15billion to improve the strategic road network. The improvements will keep traffic moving even in the busiest periods, cutting congestion - and Highways England is taking action to reduce delays over the bank holiday break.

To help make journeys better, Highways England is completing 9 schemes (covering 36 miles) and is lifting 7 miles of roadworks in Yorkshire and the North East by 6am on Thursday 13 April until Tuesday 18 April to help people get away this Easter with as little disruption as possible.





And before they set off drivers are being urged to:

Check fuel: Make sure you have enough to get to your destination.
Check tyres: Prior to setting off on a long/significant journey, 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 screenwash 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.

By suspending or completing roadworks, more lanes will be open and many speed restrictions will be lifted.

Those wishing to find out more about driving on smart motorways can head online to: www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-drive-on-a-smart-motorway

Drivers planning to use the Dartford Crossing are reminded to pay Dart Charge in advance or by midnight the day after crossing.

More information can be found on: http://roads.highways.gov.uk/ or by calling our information line (0300 123 5000) they can keep up to date with conditions on the roads.

For more detailed information on how to carry out your vehicle checks, go to: http://think.direct.gov.uk/carchecks.html

Roadworks: Lifted:

M18 Jct 4 (near Doncaster)
Bridge waterproofing
0.4mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

M621 Jct 1 to 5 (near Leeds)
Electrical scheme
6.2mile(s) of roadworks lifted for Easter period.

Completed:

A1 Jct 73 (near Newcastle upon Tyne)
Electrical work
0.3 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M18 Jct 5 to J6 (near Doncaster)
Barrier renewal
0.6 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

A1T Ferrybridge to Barnsdale Bar (near Pontefract / Doncaster)
Resurfacing works
13.7 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

A64 Scampston (near Malton)
Barrier renewal
0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

A64 Rillington (near Malton)
Footway improvements
6.2 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

A64 Hopgrove to Stockton (near York)
Resurfacing works
4.3 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

M18 Jct 1 to 2 (near Doncaster)
Carriageway repairs
6.4 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

A19 northbound & southbound A684 Osmotherley (near Northallerton)
Construction of central reserve crossover to facilitate contaflow system
0.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

A180 & A160 Brocklesby Interchange (near Immingham)
Carriageway improvement works
3.5 mile(s) of roadworks completed for Easter period.

Fuel For Thought As Motorists Head Off On Easter Getaway, 8th April 2017, 9:29 AM