Where possible, roadworks and lane restrictions will be lifted between Wednesday 24 December 2003 and 02 January 2004.
Roads Minister, David Jamieson, said: 'The roads are always busy at Christmas time as people travel to be with family and friends. Over this busy period we will be reducing delays for motorists by lifting roadworks and minimising disruption.'
In some cases, restrictions such as lane closures will have to be kept in place for safety reasons, but where this happens the Highways Agency will be aiming to keep disruption to a minimum.
Up to the minute advice about roadworks and travel conditions on the motorways, and trunk roads managed by the Highways Agency in England is available by phoning the Highways Agency Information Line on 08457 50 40 30 or by visiting the Agency's website at www.highways.gov.uk.
Roadworks fact sheet
The Highways Agency and the Department for Transport's Think road safety campaign urge drivers to follow six key safe driving messages during the winter months: