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From Gillingham to Chatham exits London bound

Reported via mobile in the Litter (NH) category by Chris Williams at 16:22, Wed 1 March 2023

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 4274448.

Never seen some much litter on any other motorway It’s a national disgrace given it’s a main route into the UK

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  • Follow up to complaint re rubbish on the M2 between Gillingham and Chatham exits west bound

    Posted by Chris Williams at 22:27, Wed 1 March 2023

  • We appreciate your feedback and share your concerns at the volume of litter dropped on our roads. We’re passionate about providing a network free from rubbish and litter is removed from our roads every day.

    We use a combination of planned and reactive clearances to help us tackle litter build up on our network. We also incorporate litter collection into road and lane closures arranged for scheme or repair works. In addition to this our route inspectors inspect the network weekly and operatives’ clear litter daily as far as it is safe for them to do so.

    The A2 from the M25 east bound and the M2 was inspected at the end of January. Following our inspectors’ recommendations, we’re currently carrying out litter picking eastbound along the A2 to include junction 1 of the M2. To date we’ve removed 315 bags of rubbish from the main carriageway, including numerous larger items and 400 bags from slip roads. Once we’ve reached the M2 we will be arranging required traffic management to pick westbound on the A2, returning then to attend to the M2 both east and west bound.

    It's recognised that the A2 and M2 are used heavily by waste transport lorries using insufficiently netted lorries which contributes to the unwelcomed litter. We’re working proactively with Gravesham Council to understand how we can collaboratively address this issue with a view to targeting the offenders resulting in potential prosecutions by the council as National Highways isn’t an enforcement agency. We also work with Defra and other organisations like Keep Britain Tidy and the Campaign to Protect Rural England to raise public awareness of the dangers and costs associated with litter. Our overall approach for tackling litter is set out in our litter strategy. This outlines our goals and initiatives, supporting our vision of a network predominantly free from litter, without compromising safety.

    Kind regaards

    National Highways

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by National Highways at 09:39, Fri 3 March 2023

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