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It says: “Highways England is meeting its target to keep the network in good condition“.

But does this look like a highway in good condition to you?

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today published its annual assessment of Highways England’s performance covering the period from April 2018 to March 2019.

Link to summary of report
Link to report

What it says about litter


The ORR refer to action to “tackle litter” not to comply with HE’s statutory duty to “ensue that their highways are, so far as is practicable, kept clear of litter”

20,000 bags of litter is a typo. The figure normally claimed is 200,000 pa. However what is more important is how long litter is left in situ before it is removed and therefore how clean the roadside is.

” ..and working with local authorities to undertake litter picking on A-roads to coincide with lane closures for other maintenance work”.

HE (and previously the Highways Agency) have been trying to do this for decades.

It is clearly not working as demonstated by this photo of the Coventry by-pass section of the A46 I took in April

It looks to me as if the ORR base their assessments on data provided by HE who in turn rely on information from their contractors. It could all be a huge paper shuffling exercise .

[Update 10th September 2019 – in fact it is See Is this the most pointless HE document ever? ]

The HE monitoring section of the ORR (as opposed to the Rail side) costs the tax payer £2.5 million pa. How many full time litter pickers could you get for that money?

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Peter Silverman
19th July 2019


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