Highways England has began the use of fast response fuel bikes on a piece of the M5 to fight congestion brought about via motorists operating out of fuel.
The fuel bikes are there to lend a hand stranded motorists on the M5 Oldbury Viaduct, which is beneath going primary maintenance. The contraflow machine installed position due to the continuing maintenance has narrowed this segment of the M5 to two lanes with 30mph pace prohibit, which has brought about a number of motorists to run out of fuel.
• Highways England trials roadside boxes
There had been 17 fuel-related incidents because the 1 August when the contraflow machine got here into impact, inflicting additional tailbacks and delays for motorists.
“Since the contraflow came into effect, we’ve already seen a number of fuel-related breakdowns in the roadworks section,” in accordance to Highways England undertaking supervisor Alastair Warnes. “On the very first day of the contraflow coming into effect, the first breakdown was caused by someone that had run out of fuel.”
When roadworks started, motorists have been advised to use other ways such because the southbound hyperlink between the M5 and M6 that avoids Birmingham. The M42 additionally supplies other ways for rush-hour commuters.
Both M42 and M6 characteristic dynamic arduous shoulders which were opened previous than deliberate to ease site visitors brought about via the M5 Oldbury Viaduct restore works, which can proceed till autumn subsequent yr.
Have you been suffering from the roadworks on the M5? Tell us about your revel in beneath...