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Motorways: Road Traffic

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will issue advice to chief police officers advising them of the necessity of keeping motorways open to vehicular traffic whenever possible. (158156)

The Highways Agency has signed a Strategic Agreement on Traffic Incident Management with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and formed a partnership group. This group will develop a detailed guidance framework on managing incidents on the Strategic Road Network with the aim of improving the time taken to investigate accidents and open lanes.

The police and the Highways Agency Traffic Officer Service work together to open motorway lanes as soon as possible after an incident and are often able to do so quickly. On those occasions where this are not possible, the situation is reviewed regularly and alternative options for managing and relieving congested traffic are considered.