The death of a Kent county council worker whilst clearing debris from the carriageway highlights the dangers of motorway maintenance especially in the case of the M25. This is a particularly dangerous stretch of motorway where traffic flows of up to 100000 vehicles a day (expected to rise by 200% with the arrival of European traffic) are experienced and where the carriageway is unlit. There is evidence that lighting would save both motorists' lives and enable maintenance to be carried out at night but the DTP requires installation to be economically justified. Access to the carriageway is a major problem as rigid restrictions are in force regulating the number and timing of lane closures. Lane closures during maintenance are discussed with examples from Surrey, Essex, Buckinghamshire and the London Borough of Hounslow using signal display units, rolling lane closures and night working. It is suggested that the use of the dutch-style overhead gantries planned for the Dartford tunnel could be more widespread. The possibility of not doing the work at all is also discussed. (TRRL)

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    Reed Business Information, Limited

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  • Authors:
    • Parker, T
  • Publication Date: 1988-10-13

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 12-15
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 170
    • Issue Number: 5016
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00493186
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1990 12:00AM