Department for Transport written question – answered on 9th September 2019.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Conservative, East Yorkshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to give advance warning to motorists of lane closures and delays on motorways; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Real-time closures and delays are publicised in a variety of ways, the most direct being via roadside variable message signs.

Delays associated with road works or incidents are signed for strategically. This means travellers are given advanced warning and opportunity to make decisions about their journey. Real-time closures are publicised on the Traffic England website and via Twitter feeds.

Lane closures are signed for within two junctions of the start of the roadworks.

Planned closures are listed on the Traffic England website and mobile app, seven days in advance. Information is also sent out to interested stakeholders, twice daily; this is also available to download from the Highways England website. They are also publicised via regional twitter feeds, and various press releases.

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