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Litter on verges A1M between junction 6 and 7

Reported via desktop in the Litter category anonymously at 21:05, Thursday 18 February 2021

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later

Actually I've highlighted this motorway junction as it is near me but I could have chosen any junction on the A1M. The litter is terrible everywhere; discarded signs, banners, plastic bags, bottles, food packaging. I have NEVER seen anyone picking any of this up. I know that HE 'have a legal duty “to ensure that the motorways are, so far as is practicable, kept clear of litter and refuse.' If this is so I do not think that you are doing your job. Undoubtedly the presence of litter encourages other people to litter. Please can you start to do your job as this is unsightly, bad for the environment and will become dangerous for road users.

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  • Thank you for contacting Highways England. We regularly monitor the cleanliness of our network and where we consider that the standards set by the Environment Protection Act are not being met, we write to the relevant local authority asking for swift action to be taken to cleanse the area of accumulated rubbish. On safety grounds, any material that is a hazard to traffic (i.e. debris in live lanes) is removed directly by the Police or ourselves as a matter of priority. Unfortunately, litter on A roads and in their laybys are the responsibility of the Local Authority and would need to be reported to them. We hope that by working with the district and borough councils we will be able to help resolve the issue of litter on the trunk road network. We also urge drivers to keep their rubbish with them and dispose of it safely and sensibly upon reaching their destination. Thank you again for contacting us and I hope that this helps with your enquiry. Kind regards Highways England

    State changed to: not the council's responsibility

    Posted anonymously at 08:53, Thursday 25 February 2021

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