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Southbound M6

Reported via mobile in the Litter (NH) category anonymously at 21:41, Sat 4 June 2022

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 3571641.

I was absolutely gobsmacked and saddened to see high volumes of debris and litter along the M6 from Preston all the way to Birmingham. It’s not a journey I often make and to see the motorway in such a state is terrible. I lost count of the number of tyres between the outside lane and middle barrier, discarded road signs, debris from vehicle collisions and other items that require removal.

Can we no do better with the National infrastructure and keep it clean ?

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

    We aim to keep our roads clean and tidy in accordance with our legislative responsibility under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Littering is a societal problem and it’s recognised that more needs to be done to combat the problem of littering by changing the behaviour of those who currently feel that it is acceptable to drop litter. Defra have produced their own Litter Strategy for England and we are contributing to that strategy. Our overall approach to litter on our network is set out in National Highways Litter Strategy. Our strategy outlines strategic goals and initiatives supporting our vision of a network predominantly free from litter, without compromising safety and delivered affordably.

    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 M6, 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

    • info@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Please quote to discuss this matter further.

    Kind regards National Highways

    Posted by National Highways at 15:24, Mon 6 June 2022

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