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Traffic Management (Plastic Cones)

Volume 973: debated on Thursday 8 November 1979

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asked the Minister of Transport (1) what has been the total expenditure for each of the last five years on plastic cones for traffic management (a) by his Department and (b) by highway authorities acting as agents of his Department;(2) how many striped plastic cones have been purchased by his Department for use in connection with traffic management systems on motorways and trunk roads, for each of the last five years for which figures can conveniently be given;(3) what is the current unit cost of the striped plastic cones purchased by his Department for use in connection with traffic diversion schemes on the motorways.

The approximate unit cost of traffic cones is £1·50 for the 0·45 metre high cone and £11 for those 1 metre high.

The information about the numbers and total cost of traffic cones purchased by or on behalf of the Department is not readily available. Some are purchased by the Department's agent authorities and others are supplied by roadworks contractors.