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M1

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many fatalities there were on the M1 in (a) sections with side run-off protection and (b) sections without side run-off protection in each of the last three years for which figures are available. (316447)

The following table shows validated figures for all fatalities for the M1 in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

M1

1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007

1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008

1 April 2008 to 31 December 20081

(a) With side run-off protection

4

18

5

(b) Without side runoff protection

7

6

12

1 Validated data are only available up to 31 December 2008

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what proportion of the length of the M1 has side run-off protection; and what estimates he has made of the cost of installing such protection for the entire length of the M1. (316448)

Approximately 45 per cent. of the M1 has side run-off protection.

To date there has been no estimate made of the cost of installing side run-off protection on the entire length of the M1. Such systems are put in place on sections of road that satisfy specific criteria as set out in Highways Agency standards. The need for such vehicle restraints is under constant review as part of operational requirements.