‘Allow extra time’: This month’s smart motorway work is expected to cause major delays across the United Kingdom.

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‘Allow extra time’: Smart motorway work is expected to cause major delays across the UK this month.

MILLIONS of drivers will be impacted by roadworks this month, as motorways and major A roads will be subjected to delays and closures, some as part of the development of smart motorways.

National Highways worked around the clock in December to remove over 900 miles of roadworks in preparation for the holiday season.

This meant that nearly 98 percent of major A roads and highways were free of roadworks prior to a rush of traffic.

“We’re encouraging drivers to check traffic conditions before going out to help keep traffic flowing,” Melanie Clarke, National Highways Customer Service Director, said.

“We’re also urging drivers to be prepared before leaving.”

Nearly half of all breakdowns could be avoided if drivers performed simple vehicle checks prior to their journeys.”

Between December 17 and Christmas Eve, the RAC predicted that around 27 million car trips would be made, with nearly four million leisure trips per day.

Multiple road closures and delays are expected on major network routes in January, causing motorists to be delayed or make longer journeys.

Every weekend in January, the M4 will be closed, usually from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday.

This is for the construction of smart motorway works along the M4, which will include variable speed limits and emergency stopping spaces every 1.3 miles once completed.

The M4 is being converted into four running lanes as part of a £848 million project by National Highways (formerly Highways England).

The M4 will be closed every weekend in January, usually from 8 p.m. on Friday night to 6 a.m. on Monday morning.

This is for the development of smart motorway works along the M4, which will see variable speed limits and emergency stopping spaces installed approximately every 1.3 miles once completed.

The M4 is being converted into four running lanes as part of a £848 million project by National Highways (formerly Highways England).

It connects Bristol to the M4, a major link between London and South Wales, despite being one of the shortest motorways in the UK.

The road will be closed overnight for the next four months while National Highways conducts a complex survey.

“Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”

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