Easter Weekend Travel Information From Tiger.co.uk
With Easter approaching, many people will be planning long journeys up and down the country to catch up with friends and family or simply for a well earned break. Whether you choose to travel by road or by train there is always a risk of delays. To help travellers plan their journeys ahead of time and avoid disruption, leading car insurance comparison website Tiger.co.uk has taken a look at planned road works and railway engineering activities over the coming Easter break.
This Easter, there is some good news for motorists: The Highways Agency will be clearing 70% of existing road works to help reduce congestion and keep road journeys hassle free. According to their website, more than 150 miles of road works will be completed by Thursday the 17th of April and a further 165 miles of works will be suspended until the 22nd. This means that 98% of England’s motorways and major 'A' roads will be road work free. Furthermore, Highways Traffic Officers will be on standby up and down the motorways to deal with incidents and to help to keep traffic moving.
Note that there will be some roads which, for safety reasons, cannot have their road works suspended. Lane restrictions and/or temporary speed restrictions will have to remain in place at 36 locations. Any drivers who want to check if their journeys will be affected by road works can find a map here. Live traffic information is also available on the Highway Agency website, via live twitter feeds and on local radio travel bulletins.
For rail users there is a different story to tell. Network Rail will be using the traditionally quieter Easter weekend to upgrade the UK's rail network. This work will take place at 3,000 locations up and down the country and will be replacing almost 8km of tracks over the period. Any travellers who are planning to use the train this weekend can find travel information here.
Andrew Goulborn, Commercial Director, at Tiger.co.uk commented; “Obviously we can't predict unforeseen delays like those caused by accidents but this information should be useful to those who are travelling. It seems that drivers may suffer fewer hold ups as a result of engineering works than those taking the train this coming Bank Holiday but it is worth planning your journey well before you leave whichever mode of transport you are taking. If you are driving, remember to carry your car insurance details and breakdown membership number with you. Hopefully you won't need them, but it is always better to be prepared”.Mike