Race on to replace 63-miles of motorway safety barriers

Aaron Morby 4 months ago
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National Highways is starting work on a three-year programme to install central reservation concrete safety barriers on more than 60 miles of dynamic hard shoulder motorway across the country.

National Highways is pressing ahead with central reserve barrier replacement on seven sections of dynamic hard shoulder
National Highways is pressing ahead with central reserve barrier replacement on seven sections of dynamic hard shoulder

The steel barrier replacement work is taking place on seven sections of dynamic hard shoulder motorway – where the hard shoulder is used by traffic in busy periods – and begins in the Midlands this month.

Plans to convert these sections of motorway to the latest All Lane Running standard have been paused pending the Government safety review.

Work will start on the M6 between junctions 4 (Coleshill) and 5 (Castle Bromwich) on 14 March and is set to be completed by autumn. Further sections up to junction 10a will follow.

Central reserve barrier scheme Region
M62 J25-30 (Brighouse to Rothwell) Yorkshire and North East
M42 J4-7 (Dorridge to the M6 Coleshill Interchange) Midlands
M6 J4-5 (Coleshill Interchange to Castle Bromwich) Midlands
M6 J5-8 (Castle Bromwich to the M5 merge near Tame bridge) Midlands
M6 J8-10a (M5 merge near Tame bridge to M54 merge near Essington) Midlands
M1 J10-13 (Luton Airport to Bedford) East of England
M4/M5 (The Bristol Box: M4 J19-20 and M5 J16-17) South West

One civils contractor told the Enquirer: “This work is a bit of a lifeline because it helps to keep the supply chain going while Smart motorway work is on hold.”

Paul Unwin, who is overseeing the upgrades for National Highways, said: “Safety is our top priority. Upgrading these barriers will improve journeys and significantly reduce the risk of vehicles crossing over from one carriageway to another, improving safety and reducing the duration of incident-related congestion.

“We will continue to deliver safety enhancements to these motorways, which are among the busiest in the country and are relied on by hundreds of thousands of people every day.”

As announced in the Government response to the Transport Committee recommendations, the conversion of DHS sections of motorway to All Lane Running has been paused while alternative ways to operate the dynamic hard shoulder are considered.

 

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