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Dumped road work equipment

Reported via mobile in the Litter (NH) category anonymously at 18:27, Tuesday 1 March 2022

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later

Having been informed that you apparently carry out bi-monthly inspections to collect any redundant equipment, I would like evidence of this posted in your reply instead of your usual automated responses. It is quite evident that your equipment has been flytipped, when traffic cones have been thrown into the central reservation, old sand bags and sign frames left along the verges throughout your road network. This is a behaviour amongst your workers that is highly unacceptable but appears to be accepted by yourselves. This issue has been apparent for years, with many equipment along this stretch and throughout your road network been left for many months/years. The disregard for our money, as well as a blight on the environment is disgusting. As an agency you really should be ashamed of yourselves for allowing this to continue to happen. Why not issue heavy fines to these contractors in an attempt to change their behaviour? Thank you

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  • Thank you for contacting National Highways regarding redundant roadworks equipment on the A1. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention.

    We currently have 2 large roadworks schemes on this stretch of the A1, with narrow lanes and speed restrictions in place to facilitate these works. Due to this, there are currently large amounts of equipment in situ such as signage and traffic cones, some of which will have been left in place for longer than usual in anticipation of the upcoming works.

    Our dedicated route inspectors carry out weekly safety inspections of the network to identify defects and environmental issues like litter, as well as the bi-monthly equipment removals. I have informed the local inspector of the large amounts of equipment here, and in this case it will be removed once all of the roadworks are complete and it is no longer needed.

    Thank you again for contacting us, we appreciate and share your concerns around the environment, and always strive to keep our network as clean as possible.

    If you need more information about this, please feel free to contact our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 500 or by email at

    Kind regards

    National Highways

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted anonymously at 16:33, Wednesday 2 March 2022

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