Motorways: Litter

Transport written question – answered on 1st March 2013.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

(1) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the hard shoulder lane on the M60 between the River Tame in Denton and Junction 23 in Audenshaw is kept clear of litter;

(2) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the M67 Junction 1a slip roads in Denton are kept clear of litter;

(3) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the M60, M67 and A57 roundabout at Junction 24 in Denton is kept clear of litter;

(4) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the M67 Junction 1 slip roads in Denton are kept clear of litter;

(5) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the M67 Junction 2 slip roads are kept clear of litter;

(6) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the M67 embankments between Junction 1 and the River Tame in Denton are kept clear of litter;

(7) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the M67 central reservations between Junction 1 and the River Tame in Denton are kept clear of litter;

(8) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the hard shoulder lane on the M67 between Junction 1 and the River Tame in Denton are kept clear of litter;

(9) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the M60 Junction 24 slip roads in Denton are kept clear of litter;

(10) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the M67 Junction 23 slip roads in Audenshaw are kept clear of litter;

(11) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the M60 embankments between the River Tame in Denton and Junction 23 in Audenshaw are kept clear of litter;

(12) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the M60 central reservations between the River Tame in Denton and Junction 23 in Audenshaw are kept clear of litter.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

The Highways Agency is obliged, by the Environmental Protection Act 1990, to remove litter from motorways and a small number of trunk roads in England. This includes slip-roads, central reservations, verges, and embankments. This arrangement has regard to the nature and use of the highway, and the need to limit disruption to traffic. The Act is supplemented by a code of practice which specifies standards of cleanliness and response times.

The code of practice grades litter into four levels (Grades A to D), in which Grade A is ‘no litter or refuse’ and Grade D is ‘heavily affected by litter and/or refuse with significant accumulations’. Each grading specifies a response time for the removal of litter. The code requires highways to be generally maintained to Grade A level although it recognises that this level cannot be maintained at all times. It also recognises that it may not be practicable to remove all litter items from some softer or non-metalled surfaces, such as grass or sand, and the grading system reflects this.

The agency undertakes a regime of sweeping and litter picking on the M60 and M67 motorways in compliance with the code. I have asked the agency to ensure that these standards are being maintained.

Responsibility for litter removal from most trunk roads falls to the relevant local authority where the route runs through its geographical area. Tameside metropolitan borough council is responsible for removing litter from the A57 trunk road circulatory carriageway at Junction 24 of the M60. These arrangements at the interface of the local and strategic road networks are well established.

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John Hall
Posted on 4 Mar 2013 12:37 pm (Report this annotation)

Ralating to his Environmental question
it would be more applicable and appropriate if my MP
began for the first time asking House of Commons questions related to the M67/M60/A57 chronic air pollution which affects thousands of families in the
Denton West/Denton and Audenshaw districts.
400,000 daily traffic volumes congregate from 23 traffic lanes linked to the above major highways but never a word or question is forthcoming concerning this national disgrace.
He would be more effective if he challenged the Highways Agency traffic number figures which are a gross misrepresentation of the reality situation

Peter Silverman
Posted on 4 Mar 2013 5:36 pm (Report this annotation)

I am writing a critique of Stephen Hammond's reply to Andrew Gwynne's question. It can be seen at:

www.cleanhighways.co.uk/highways-agency/critique-of-stephen-...

Peter Silverman
www.cleanhighways.co.uk