Motorways: Safety

Department for Transport written question – answered on 4th February 2022.

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Photo of Kieran Mullan Kieran Mullan Conservative, Crewe and Nantwich

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve motorway safety in England.

Photo of Trudy Harrison Trudy Harrison Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Safety is National Highways’ top priority as highway authority on the Strategic Road Network (SRN), which comprises our motorways and principal A-roads. It addresses safety issues through public information campaigns and infrastructure solutions where necessary. Where safety critical defects are identified on the SRN, they are made safe within 24 hours. Permanent repairs are carried out according to the severity of the defect, often within 28 days. National Highways will continue to review the condition of the SRN to ensure that future improvements works are prioritised according to need.

Additionally, earlier this year National Highways launched its largest ever campaign to help drivers feel safer on our country’s motorways. Its main message informs drivers that if you breakdown, ‘Go Left’. Further information can be accessed here: https://nationalhighways.co.uk/road-safety/breakdowns/.

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