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Roads: A13

Volume 698: debated on Wednesday 6 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

On what date the Highways Agency last inspected the cleanliness of the A13 trunk road between the M25 and the A130; and whether the agency's managing agents will take action to have the litter cleared from that stretch of road. [HL1664]

The Highways Agency has responsibility for the section of the A13 between M25 and A1089. The remainder of the A13 up to the A130, which is not trunk road, is the responsibility of Thurrock Council and Essex County Council. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 litter clearance is the responsibility of the local authorities except for motorways and a few all-purpose trunk roads. For the Highways Agency section of the A13 the responsibility for litter clearance falls to Thurrock Council.

The agency monitors its roads for litter as part of its route stewardship and brings issues to the attention of the relevant local authority. It is currently working in partnership with Thurrock Council to ensure that litter is cleared between the M25 and A1089.