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From: Peter Silverman []
Sent: 26 May 2011 13:51
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Cc: ‘’; ‘Will Gates’
Subject: Transport Committee -Meeting 7th June – Effective road and traffic management


Litter & Traffic Management on our motorways
A briefing note for members of the Transport Committee
Prepared by Clean Highways

In March 2010 Mike Penning MP said in committee:  “Our road networks, in particular our motorways, are blighted by rubbish”

In January 2011 he wrote to Clean Highways  saying:   “There is a balance to be struck between carrying out regular maintenance duties such as safe litter clearance and keeping traffic moving on our busy motorways, as litter clearance inevitably requires the use of traffic management

I believe he was misadvised on this last point. The litter blighting our motorways lies on the verges not on the carriageways. Litter can, and is, safely and routinely  picked from the verges by operatives protected by blocking vehicles sitting on the hard shoulder without the need for traffic management i.e. lane closures.

The “inevitability of the need for traffic management to remove litter” is a good example of the excuse culture within the Highways Agency and the DfT.

Could a member of the committee please ask Graham Dalton, Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, why, in view of Mike Penning’s concerns over the littered state of our motorways, the Highways Agency’s Business Plan, published on 30th March this year, makes no reference whatsoever to the issue of motorway litter.

I will be attending the meeting as a member if the public.  I would welcome the opportunity of meeting any member of the committee who shares my concerns about motorway litter.  In the meantime if you feel I can be of help please do not hesitate to contact me.


Clean Highways web site

Clean Highways report – Our Littered Motorways

Mike Penning’s speech March 2010

Mike Penning’s letter to Clean Highways Jan 2011

Highways Agency Business Plan

Kind regards

Peter Silverman MA Msc
(Phone number removed)





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