M5 Motorway Accident

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 5:36 pm on 7th November 2011.

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Photo of Ian Liddell-Grainger Ian Liddell-Grainger Conservative, Bridgwater and West Somerset 5:36 pm, 7th November 2011

If I may, I will pay tribute to Mr Browne, who is in his place, because it is the nightmare of every MP to face such a tragedy. The Secretary of State and the shadow Secretary of State made it clear that this matter will be thought through logically. One worry is that, as the M5 is the most important arterial route in our county, whatever happens to the M5 affects the whole county. When decisions are made, I ask the Secretary of State please to consult the MPs with constituencies along the M5, so that we have some input into any recommendations that are put forward by the police and the Highways Agency for the future of the road.


Jim Butterworth
Posted on 8 Nov 2011 3:33 pm (Report this annotation)

Thanks for raising this to avert a possible knee-jerk reaction.

I believe there may have been unusual weather conditions that night. Two people have told me there was fog about.

One (Burrowbridge) told me that there was thick fog when she put the horses away but by the time she got home there was no fog.

Another (Taunton) told me that it had been very foggy but it suddenly disappeared.

Anecdotal only - but may be helpful

Jim Butterworth (Blue Anchor)