§ Viscount Simon
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What measures are being taken to ensure the safety of road users from loose cats-eyes following the fatal accident on the M.3 motorway in which a car passenger was killed by a dislodged cats-eye. [HL139]
§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty)
I have asked the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, Mr Peter Nutt, to write to the noble Viscount.
Letter to Viscount Simon from the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, Mr Peter Nutt, dated 9 December 1999.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Lord Whitty, has asked me to reply to your question about the measures being taken to ensure the safety of road 21WA users from loose cats-eyes following the fatal accident on the M.3 motorway.
I was very sorry to hear about the accident. Such incidents are extremely rare on the motorway and trunk road network.
We undertake a number of regular inspections to assess the safety and condition of the trunk road network. Since the accident, we have confirmed that 22WA these inspections are being undertaken and we instructed that a special condition survey of road studs at the accident site and in the surrounding area be undertaken.
We have also instigated an investigation into the long-term integrity and performance of various types of road stud.
I shall write to you again to let you know the outcome and what, if any, measures we decide to lake.