Hundreds of miles of Yorkshire roadworks to be lifted over Christmas time

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Highways chiefs are lifting hundreds of miles of roadworks on major roads to help motorists travelling across the region to celebrate Christmas and New Year.

Highways England says it hopes to either complete or remove a total of 148 schemes by 6am on Wednesday to leave 98 per cent of its motorway network roadwork-free for Christmas bank holiday.

Across Yorkshire, seven sets of roadworks will be lifted on motorways and A-roads during the festive period.

A total of 17 sets of roadworks in the region have now been completed, while nine will still be in place over Christmas and New Year.

Transport Secretary MP Patrick McLoughlin said: “It’s impossible to improve roads without some element of engineering work, but I also know how frustrating they can be. We are determined to apply common sense to our roads so we can minimise disruption.

“Clearing roadworks over Christmas is a big win for motorists. Over the period millions of families will get in the car to visit loved ones.

“This move will allow hardworking people to travel around freely at Christmas time and see friends and family.”

Roadworks to be lifted near Leeds over Christmas bank holiday include bridge works at the A162/M62 J33 near Pontefract and the resurfacing scheme at M1 J39 to J38, near Wakefield.

A resurfacing scheme at the M606 J1 to J3, near Bradford, and roadworks at the M1 J37 to J36, near Barnsley, will also be cleared.

Motorists have been advisted to plan ahead and lane restrictions or temporary speed limits will still be in place at 43 places across the country.

Melanie Clarke, Highways England director of customer operations, said: “This Christmas, we’re clearing roadworks across the majority of motorways and major A-roads in England to help people make important journeys to see family and friends.”