A41 clear-up operation begins

We've begun the huge operation of clearing litter from a 26-mile stretch of the A41.

Work started on Monday 6 February to clear rubbish from the central reservation. Then, once that's complete, we will tackle the slip roads, junctions and grass verges.

More than 10.5 tonnes of litter and bulky rubbish was collected in the last clear-up, which cost an estimated £40,000.

Craig Thorpe, Group Manager for Environmental Services, said: “This is a huge task involving a team of up to 12 members of staff. It will cost us £25,000 in traffic management, labour, equipment and disposal costs to pick up the litter. Throwing litter on this road is dangerous to vehicles and wildlife, and we urge drivers to take their litter home and dispose of it safely.”

The litter pick is costly as it involves applying and paying for a traffic management system so that parts of the road can be closed during the operation.

While clearing the central reservation, we are working with highways contractor Ringway and using its traffic management system – but intend to use our own traffic management system for the main road closures.

We've been raising awareness of the litter problem on the A41 through increased signage and more litter bins in lay-bys, which are cleared twice a week.

If you want to join the battle against litter, find out more about the Great British Spring Clean campaign.