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Hundreds of plastic tubes

Reported via desktop in the Structures (eg bridges, fencing, noise barriers) (NH) category by Jonathan Austen at 15:38, Thu 16 March 2023

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 4321508.

On the north side of the M3, after Jct 6 eastbound. Plastic tubes used as plant supports from several years ago. The tubes are old and falling over, becoming loose and disintegrating. They are on a large slope so are liable to end up at the bottom on the road. They are a danger to motorists as they become loose in winds and can blow onto the motorway. They are large in size and there are several large areas, each with hundreds of tubes.

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  • Thank you for your report concerning tree guards along the M3.

    We use these guards to assist with the growth of planted trees, and they are only removed once the tree is established enough in its environment to withstand stress from animals and weather conditions. We review trees' health and maturity 3-5 years after planting, and the trees in question at J6 of the M3 are due for review in 2024-25. The same practice is applied across our network.

    Whilst these guards aren't biodegradable, we do collect them for reuse where possible.

    Regarding loose guards, I have requested that a road inspector visit the site and collect any guards that have fallen or collected on the side of the road. Our inspectors attend our roads regularly, so any guards found to be at risk of blowing into the carriageway will be removed as required to ensure the safety of road users.

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

    • 0300 123 5000


    Kind regards

    National Highways

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by National Highways at 09:28, Wed 29 March 2023

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