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Litter between junction 16 and junction 15 m40

Reported via mobile in the Litter category anonymously at 15:48, Thursday 18 February 2021

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later

There's heavy littering on both sides of the m40 between junction 16 and junction 15 including the central reservation. Looks like Highways England have decided to cease to proactively undertake litter picking. It's never been so bad. Depressing.

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  • Thank you for your patience whilst we looked into your report.

    Litter picking is a short term, retrospective solution, which would be significantly reduced if litter was not dropped. We are committed to working to address the root cause, which requires changing the behaviour of those who currently feel that it is acceptable to drop litter. We work with anti-litter organisations (such as Keep Britain Tidy), the police, and local authorities to try to tackle these issues at source.

    In the short term, our litter picking is carefully planned, along with all of our maintenance, to try to minimise the impact it has on road users, and ensure that it is cost effective to the public. Picks often require traffic management measures, which are both costly and disruptive. To help reduce the need for these measures, we usually combine our litter picks with other maintenance work.

    We will be continuing to look for opportunities to schedule picks along the M40, as our schedule of maintenance and safety critical works allow. I am sorry that I’m not able to give you a date for this work at this time. We will be continuing to monitor this situation as part of our routine inspections.

    If you require any further update on this issue our Customer Contact Centre is available 24 hours a day at: • 0300 123 5000


    Please quote 21853390 to discuss this matter further.

    Kind regards Highways England

    Posted by National Highways at 09:43, Tuesday 9 March 2021

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