Barriers and clean-up plan for “absolutely disgusting” Hatfield A1(M) slip road rubbish

PUBLISHED: 13:51 08 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:09 08 February 2018

Concrete barriers are a temporary solution to the littering. Picture: Andy Stevens

Concrete barriers are a temporary solution to the littering. Picture: Andy Stevens

Andy Stevens

Motorists can expect cleaner, greener views on an A1(M) junction near Hatfield over the next few weeks, as Highways England takes action to place temporary barriers and clean up the litter eyesore.

Litter and fly tipping covering the ground next to the northbound slip road of junction 2 of the A1(M). Picture: Danny Loo Litter and fly tipping covering the ground next to the northbound slip road of junction 2 of the A1(M). Picture: Danny Loo

The agency is also considering a scheme to remodel the road structure to permanently prevent the slip road being used as an overnight stop for lorries, which it blames for the mess.

Lorry driver Andy Stevens caught dashcam footage of waste strewn on the verge next to the northbound slip road near Junction 2 last week, prompting a flurry of comments on social media.

He has been worried that it gives visitors a bad first impression of Hatfield.

He said the waste left by lorry drivers had led people to begin fly tipping, leaving a buildup of garden waste, branches, plastic litter and even bottles of urine and excrement.

Litter and fly tipping covering the ground next to the northbound slip road of junction 2 of the A1(M). Picture: Danny Loo Litter and fly tipping covering the ground next to the northbound slip road of junction 2 of the A1(M). Picture: Danny Loo

He said: “It’s absolutely disgusting.

“It’s been getting progressively worse over the last few years,” he added, saying that he had contacted Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps about the issue.

Mr Shapps wrote to Highways England on January 17, and on February 2 the agency installed concrete barriers as a temporary measure.

Teams also removed 29 bags of litter, with a plan to fully clear the area over the next 3-4 weeks.

Litter and fly tipping covering the ground next to the northbound slip road of junction 2 of the A1(M). Picture: Danny Loo Litter and fly tipping covering the ground next to the northbound slip road of junction 2 of the A1(M). Picture: Danny Loo

Specialists have also been called in to help with the removal of human waste and other hazardous materials.

Highways England is also considering a more permanent solution by 2019, which is dependent on funding.

A spokesperson said: “We are currently working on the design of an improvement scheme aimed at having a lasting impact.

“We are looking to alter the layout of the slip road, using a barrier to block off a section of the road.

“The road will be modified into a one lane off slip, preventing motorists from stopping and littering.

“There are also plans within this scheme to change the layout of the roundabout, modifying the kerb line to stop southbound access down the redundant lane.”

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