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Graffiti on bridge supports

Reported via desktop in the Graffiti (NH) category anonymously at 13:10, Thursday 21 March 2024

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5748294.

Large letters. You cannot miss it. And loads of litter in verge below

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  • Thank you for contacting National Highways concerning graffiti and litter on the M49.

    We’ve forwarded your concerns to our maintenance team.

    Any graffiti which is obscene or offensive will be prioritised and removed as quickly as possible.

    Removal of graffiti can require specialist contractors or traffic management to keep our workforce safe. This means that it's not cost-effective to remove every instance of graffiti on its own. Graffiti which doesn’t meet the criteria above will therefore be logged and removed during the next round of periodic cleaning taking place in the area.

    We share your concern that litter on our roads is unsightly as well as a risk to wildlife and the environment. It’s a huge challenge to keep roads free of litter and debris and can take hours to clear each stretch of road. If people didn’t drop litter in the first place it wouldn’t need to be picked up.

    In some areas there is no safe space for our colleagues to work. In these circumstances it’s necessary to close lanes or slip roads to ensure we can work in safety. These closures are co-ordinated with other maintenance work to minimise disruption for our customers, which can occasionally cause delays in clearing litter from some locations.

    On occasions litter will accumulate shortly after we’ve removed it. We trust you will appreciate the balance between the appearance of this litter against the safety of our workforce, the associated costs and the potential inconvenience caused by removing it.

    If you require any further information please contact our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or

    Kind regards

    National Highways

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by National Highways at 08:08, Friday 22 March 2024

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