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Government looks at banning long stretches of roadworks

According to reports, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has told Highways England to limit stretches of roadworks to two miles and introduce tough new rules for contractors to prevent motorists getting stuck in lengthy queues. He is also calling for better communication with road users so they understand the reason for works and can plan alternative routes.

A DfT spokesman said: "Our road investment strategy will deliver the biggest upgrade to Britain's roads in a generation and secure our transport network for the long-term.

"But as it is delivered we've got to respect the drivers who use our roads every day.

"That means taking common sense decisions to minimise frustrations wherever possible."

The M1 and M3 motorways, which currently have the longest stretches of roadworks in the country, are understood to be the main areas of concern. In addition, disruption on England’s motorways is expected to increase as the Government’s £15.2bn plan to improve the strategic road network gets underway. This will see more than three-quarters of England’s motorways and major A-roads will be resurfaced and more than 1,300 miles of road will be built by 2020.

A Highways England spokesman said: "We want to provide a better, safer experience for road users on England's motorways and major A roads, including throughout roadworks where major upgrades are being carried out.

"We are committed to minimising disruption from roadworks even further and are exploring managing work in different ways while ensuring good value for money for the public." 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.