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Highways Agency spends £6m clearing m-way rubbish

The Highways Agency spends six million pounds a year clearing up the crisp packets, drink cans and rubbish that some of us throw out of our cars.

In one year alone the organisation collects enough discarded rubbish fill four Olympic-sized swimming pools, or in Kent and Sussex alone, more than a thousand sacks of litter a month.

Meridian presenter Fred Dinenage spoke to Tim Lyver from the Highways Agency about why the problem has become so bad.

Plans to bring in speed restrictions on the M3

The Highways agency today announced consultation plans to bring in speed limits along a stretch of the M3.

Its part of a £174m upgrade of the road that's used by 130,000 motorists each day.

If passed restrictions of 60mph would be in place on a 3 mile stretch of the road from junction 3 at Lightwater to 4 near Camberley.

The Highways agency also want to add an additional lane in both directions between junction 2 at Chertsey and 4a Farnborough.

Earlier Sangeeta Bhabra spoke to Paul Unwin from the Highways Agency and asked him what he would say to drivers not happy about the idea.

Hampshire resources ready for New Year floods

Hampshire County Council has extra resources ready to respond to the further wet weather and strong winds that are forecast.

The number of highways emergency crews have been increased and tankers are ready to deal with water on the roads.

n the last week highways teams have responded to more than 1,300 incidents of fallen trees and flooded roads across Hampshire’s highway network.

The length of which equates to travelling from Lands End to John O’Groats and back three and a half times.

The County Council's Emergency Planning Team is also prepared and on standby, to support the emergency services and to assist those who need help with emergency situations that may arise as a consequence of the heavy rainfall.

We are in a good position to deal with any issues arising from the predicted wet and windy weather over the New Year. Our teams have given up their Christmas breaks and have been working flat out over the last week to keep Hampshire moving, for which I cannot thank them enough. It is anticipated they will be busy on New Years Day and beyond clearing up after this next bout of bad weather. Our maintenance teams are likely to be very stretched and it will be necessary to prioritise locations."

– Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council

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VIDEO: Newest tech to help save roadworkers' lives

They do an essential job keeping our roads safe but their own safety has been called into question.

Over the last three years two engineers have been killed while working on the roads here in the south. Now new technology is being brought in to protect them.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to John McNiffe, project manager of the Handcross widening scheme. This report also contains an excerpt from the Highways Agency advertising campaign.

Thurrock crossing closures

  • Monday 11 March 8.30pm to 5am Northbound west tunnel
  • Tuesday 12 March 8.30pm to 5am Northbound west tunnel
  • Wednesday 13 March 8.30pm to 5am Northbound west tunnel
  • Thursday 14 March 8.30pm to 5am Northbound west tunnel
  • Friday 15 March 9pm to 5am Northbound west tunnel
  • Saturday 16 March 9pm to 5am Northbound east tunnel
  • Sunday 17 March 8.30pm to 5am Northbound west tunnel
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