England’s motorways and major A-roads are expected to be busier than usual over the coming days because of disruption on large parts of the rail network.
National Highways, which operates and maintains the 4,300-mile strategic road network, will be ready to deploy additional traffic officers and control room staff to manage any extra congestion on the network if required. Recovery crews could also be positioned close to the motorway on some key routes to clear incidents quickly and prevent long delays.
Strikes will take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday this week, affecting Network Rail and the majority of train operators.
And motorists are being urged to do their bit to keep traffic moving by carrying out basic vehicle checks before setting off.
Mel Clarke, Customer Service Director, Operations, at National Highways, said:
National Highways will be putting measures in place to ensure we continue to keep the country moving safely and deal with any increased traffic volumes caused by rail strike action.
Roads could be busier than usual during strike days so we’d recommend that drivers plan journeys in advance and carry out basic checks to make sure vehicles are roadworthy. This includes checking tyres, engine oil, water, lights and ensuring you have enough fuel to get to your destination.
National Highways is advising drivers to plan their journeys in advance and carry out basic checks to make sure vehicles are roadworthy. Things to consider are:
Live traffic information can be found:
- via TrafficEngland.com
- on variable message signs
- by calling the National Highways Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000
- following National Highways on Twitter
Members of the public should contact the National Highways customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.
Journalists should contact the National Highways press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.