Trunk road cleaning
We are responsible for litter clearance on significant stretches of the A3, A31 and A331.
Four major roads pass through the borough. The M25 enters the borough briefly at Wisley at its junction with the A3. The A3 runs from north to south through the borough and provides road links to both London and the south coast. The A31 runs along the top of the Hogs Back and joins with the A331 Blackwater Valley road at the western end of the borough.
All three roads are high speed and present health and safety issues which have been risk assessed.
A programme has been put in place which ensures the safety of staff and motorists.
Where possible we work with other statutory bodies, such as Surrey County Council and the Highways Agency, to take advantage of scheduled traffic management and lane closures that have already been arranged.
A3 road closure schedule for 2019
These are the 2019 litter picking dates when stretches of the A3 will be closed while picking is carried out:
Monday 11 March 2019 to Thursday 14 March 2019 (4 nights)
Tuesday 23 April 2019 to Friday 26 April 2019 (4 nights)
Monday 3 June 2019 to Thursday 6 June 2019 (4 nights)
Monday 15 July 2019 to Thursday 18 July 2019 (4 nights)
Monday 16 September 2019 to Thursday 19 September 2019 (4 nights)
Monday 14 October 2019 and Tuesday 15 October 2019 (2 nights)
We are responsible for removing litter from the A3 between the Ripley turn off at the junction with the B2039 South to Milford. Removing litter from the A3 north of this to the borough boundary is done by the Department of Transport.
We are restricted in our scheduled cleaning by safety concerns, access restrictions and traffic management company availability. This will be carried out on a scheduled basis, however, depending on the requirement to deploy to the most needy areas, we would very likely cover the whole length twice a year. The central reservation is also cleaned as part of these planned mobile closures. This operation has to be carried out at night to minimise the disruption to motorists.
The A3 is only cleaned under traffic management. Lane closures are expensive and the traffic management alone costs around £1,800 for each 5km lane closure. The traffic management alone costs in the region of £40,000.
Lay-bys are scheduled for regular litter picking and bin emptying.
We are responsible for the A31 from Guildford to the roundabout/junction with the A331. The nearside lanes (verges/side of the road) and the central reservation can only be litter picked under traffic management. This will be scheduled two times a year in conjunction with Surrey County Council. Guildford Borough Council may arrange additional closures if possible and necessary. The grass is scheduled to be cut two times a year.
We are responsible for the A331 from the roundabout/junction with the A31 to the Basingstoke Canal aqueduct. The nearside lanes (verges/side of the road) and the central reservation can only be litter picked under traffic management. This will be scheduled two times a year in conjunction with Surrey County Council. Guildford Borough Council may arrange additional closures if possible and necessary. The grass is scheduled to be cut two times a year.
The cleaning of slip roads will take place as part of the main lane closures for each road highlighted above.
From time to time, animals do stray onto these roads and are killed by the traffic. If these animals are large, such as a deer, and pose a danger to traffic this should be reported to Surrey County Council as the highways authority, for an emergency response. Other smaller animals, such as foxes and rabbits will be removed at our next scheduled attendance as we would not be able to stop in, or work close to or on these roads without the appropriate traffic management.
Education and enforcement
Littering by passing motorists is an ongoing problem and we aim to reduce this via our education campaigns. We are also aware that much of the litter and debris is from large waste haulage vehicles that travel on these roads. We are working with Surrey County Council and the relevant companies with a view to addressing this issue. Please do let us know if you see any items falling from these vehicles as they are driving on these trunk roads.
All major roads in Guildford are actively patrolled. Patrolling of trunk roads will take place on an ad hoc basis and at scheduled intervals four times a year, with a view to identifying sources of litter. Action will be taken against offenders with a view to prosecutions.
We performed a litter pick on the nights of Monday 3, Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 April along the A3. The total weight collected over these four nights came to 1540kg of litter, which totalled 157 bags between the two vans. We also swept this section of the road. The sweeper collected a total of 11760kg of rubbish. This was collected in the following areas on the A3. The highlighted area in red was the nearside section of the A3 and the highlighted area in green was the central reservation of the A3.
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Trunk road cleaning