NATIONAL Highways is advising drivers to plan their journeys and check their vehicles ahead of tomorrow's rail strikes.

England’s motorways and major A-roads are expected to be busier than usual tomorrow because of disruption on large parts of the rail network.

National Highways 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.

Following industrial action on Tuesday and Thursday, strikes will also take place tomorrow, affecting Network Rail and the majority of train operators.

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 of 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.”


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