If you have a new account but are having problems posting or verifying your account, please email us on [email protected] for help. Thanks :)
Hello all! Please ensure that you are posting a new thread or question in the appropriate forum. The Feedback forum is overwhelmed with questions that are having to be moved elsewhere. If you need help to verify your account contact [email protected]

How are motorways cleaned?

  • 14-08-2012 10:33pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,645 ✭✭✭

    I travel on the M18 a lot and sometimes on the M6, the section after Ballinasloe. I notice that the road can get really filthy with broken bits of tyres and rubbish and crap and a lot of hedgehogs and badgers flattened. How do they clean them? not like you can run a street cleaner up the overtaking lane at 20 km/h.....


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,697 ✭✭✭ronaneire

    It does be the hedgehogs and badgers with their little wheelbarrows and brushes that do it ;)

  • Registered Users Posts: 228 ✭✭starch4ser

    goblins and fairies

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,435 ✭✭✭wandatowell

    The Highway Men

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,514 ✭✭✭PseudoFamous

    road maintenance is generally done or contracted out by the company that built the road. You see them out often enough picking tyres and stuff out of the hard shoulder. County council deal with snow. Anything else is done by nature.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16 M4Girl

    On a PPP, winter maintenance is also done by the concessionaire. With all due respect to some councils, the PPPs tend to work to a higher standard. Winter maintenance is a full-time job for the PPPs.

    There will be maintenance crews out in all weathers, day and night. They pick litter, pull ragwort, sweep channels, cut grass, clean signs, attend incidents and accidents, and generally keep the place looking half-way decent. Sometimes, the road users even say thank-you, which makes a big difference.

    The lads and lasses do a tough job in tough circumstances. It would be nice if some folk took their litter home rather than chucked it out of the car window or dumped it at the back of the hard shoulder while pretending to stop for a wheel or light check.

    I wish the litter goblins would do the job for us!

  • Advertisement
  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 66,499 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011

    Rarely, and by blokes with black sacks and a sweeping machine, is the answer for NRA/council motorways.

  • Registered Users Posts: 817 ✭✭✭shar01

    Lovely job being done at the moment on the M/N11 through Wicklow.

    I think it's the CRM crowd?

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,102 ✭✭✭hi5

    ronaneire wrote: »
    It does be the hedgehogs and badgers with their little wheelbarrows and brushes that do it ;)

    And they need to start wearing hi-vis jackets ;)

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,346 ✭✭✭irishgeo

    hi5 wrote: »
    And they need to start wearing hi-vis jackets ;)

    the fox would have a field day.:D