LITTER FREE MOTORWAYS demanded by Audenshaw and Denton MP

Denton Roundabout Lane Guidance[1]Highways Agency bosses have been forced to clear extensive amounts of litter and debris from Tameside’s motorway network following the intervention of the local Member of Parliament, Andrew Gwynne.

The Denton MP was forced into tabling no fewer than 46 Parliamentary Questions to the Roads Minister, Stephen Hammond MP, after the Highways Agency had in initially refused to clear up litter around the Denton roundabout, which is a prominent entry point to Tameside from both the M60 and M67 motorways.

Since then, the contractors for the Highways Agency have been forced to remove several hundred bags of litter from the M60 and M67 through Denton and Audenshaw – including from the carriageways, central reservations, slip roads and embankments.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“Of course the Highways Agency did not drop the litter, but they have the same legal obligation as any local council has, to remove litter from the highways they are responsible for.  Both the M60 and M67 were frankly an appalling eyesore.

“It really shouldn’t take the local Member of Parliament to have table questions to the Minister to get the area tidied up, it should be kept clean on a frequent basis; but I will be keeping an eye on things.

“I expect the Highways Agency and their contractors to keep on top of the issue without the need for my involvement in future.  I have also asked the Roads Minister for a meeting should the cleansing standards in the area slip again.”

Notes:

Some of the Parliamentary Questions tabled:

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport:

(1) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the hard shoulder lane on the M60 between the River Tame in Denton and Junction 23 in Audenshaw is kept clear of litter;

(2) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the M67 Junction 1a slip roads in Denton are kept clear of litter;

(3) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the M60, M67 and A57 roundabout at Junction 24 in Denton is kept clear of litter;

(4) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the M67 Junction 1 slip roads in Denton are kept clear of litter;

(5) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the M67 Junction 2 slip roads are kept clear of litter;

(6) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the M67 embankments between Junction 1 and the River Tame in Denton are kept clear of litter;

(7) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the M67 central reservations between Junction 1 and the River Tame in Denton are kept clear of litter;

(8) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the hard shoulder lane on the M67 between Junction 1 and the River Tame in Denton are kept clear of litter;

(9) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the M60 Junction 24 slip roads in Denton are kept clear of litter;

(10) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the M60 Junction 23 slip roads in Audenshaw are kept clear of litter;

(11) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the M60 embankments between the River Tame in Denton and Junction 23 in Audenshaw are kept clear of litter;

(12) what steps he plans to take in respect of his duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 89(1)(b) and (2)(b), to ensure that the M60 central reservations between the River Tame in Denton and Junction 23 in Audenshaw are kept clear of litter.

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