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M1 (Repairs)

Volume 84: debated on Wednesday 30 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 17 July, Official Report, columns 197–8, if he can now give a precise timetable for the repair of the signposts at junction 33 on the northbound carriageway of the M1 and at junction 28 on the southbound carriageway of the M1; and if he will arrange in future for the condition of such signposts to be monitored at more frequent intervals; and if he will make a statement.

I expect the advance direction sign at junction 28 to be replaced by 6 November. A number of signs between junctions 32 and 33 will be either repaired or replaced in the next few weeks. The code of practice for the routine maintenance of motorway and all purpose trunk roads (a copy of which is in the Library) requires that motorways should receive safety inspections at seven-day intervals, and that these inspections should include checks on the general condition of signs, including their cleanliness.