Highways England has announced a "roadworks embargo" on 99% of major roads in time for Christmas.
Virtually all strategically important motorways and A-roads will be roadworks-free during the festive period, it said.
The roads operator said it will either suspend or complete roadworks to help motorists make journeys to their friend and families "as smooth as possible".
The embargo will be in place on close to 400 miles of roads from 6am on December 22 to midnight on January 2, Highways England announced on Monday (December 4).
Those driving home for Christmas will face fewer lane closures and will see many speed restrictions lifted.
Highways England customer service director, Melanie Clarke, said: "We’re doing everything we can to make journeys as smooth as possible this Christmas and that’s why we’re keeping 99% of the road network we manage free from roadworks.
"Over the past two years we’ve already added 190 lane miles of much needed capacity and that will make life easier for those travelling around this month, as the Christmas countdown begins."
Most of the company's 18 large-scale projects have already been completed and the rest of the planned improvements will either be suspended or completed in time for Christmas, it said.
The government owned highways authority said it had allocated more than 5,000 staff members to work "around the clock", this Christmas, to clear accidents and mange congestion.
Those waiting for Christmas parcels will also benefit from the measures Highways England said.
The UK Operations manager for courier DPD, Justin Pegg, said: "If the roads are clear, it makes a huge difference to the service our drivers can provide.
"We started planning for Christmas in January and every aspect of that plan is painstakingly put together, but there are still elements that remain outside of our control, such as traffic and the weather."
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