The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane
Final episode on BBC 2, 9pm, September 30
We are hosting a web chat about all four episodes of The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane after the final episode on Tuesday 30 September. Our director of customer operations, Simon Sheldon-Wilson, will be joined by regional divisional director Tim Harbot, winter specialist Darren Clark, asset manager Matt Taylor and on-road team manager Sioux Hine. The web chat will start directly after the episode finishes, at 10pm, and will last for about an hour. See our web chat page for more details.
Between November 2013 and March 2014, independent film makers The Garden were given unprecedented access to the highways teams responsible for managing, maintaining and improving the M6. The result is an engaging and entertaining four-part documentary, The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane, which airs on BBC2 this autumn.
Millions of motorists rely on the M6 for journeys up and down the country. But many are unaware of the vast scale of work needed to keep the road open and flowing.
Now, the untold human stories behind the M6 are set to feature in a new BBC documentary.
The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane follows staff working round-the-clock to keep traffic flowing on the ‘backbone of Britain’.
Film crews spent five months shadowing the Highways Agency, police, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), emergency services, and contractors Amey, Skanska and Carillion in the Midlands.
The resulting four-part series, starting on BBC Two at 9pm on Tuesday 9 September, sheds light on the range of challenges we face on a daily basis to operate, maintain and improve the M6.
Traffic officers are shown dealing with all kinds of incidents – including collisions, breakdowns and spillages — while duty managers in the Agency’s regional control centre use CCTV, dynamic signage and close co-ordination with partners to clear blocked lanes and re-open roads as quickly as possible.
Litter pickers discuss some of the stranger items they’ve found by the roadside, and contractors who work closely with the Agency are shown filling potholes, resurfacing roads and treating roads with salt during winter.
DVSA officers catch lorry drivers ignoring driving hours legislation, while the police have to deal with several difficult situations – including a tragic suicide – on this busy stretch of motorway.
Jon Moore, head of strategic communications for the Highways Agency, said:
“Carrying 200,000 vehicles a day, the M6 is central to the country’s economy, providing a vital lifeline between north and south.
“Thousands of people use the road every day – but many won’t know about the huge amount of work that goes into keeping the M6 flowing.
“This informative and entertaining documentary provides a rare glimpse behind the scenes – showing how Highways Agency teams work to keep lanes open and moving, often in difficult circumstances after an incident.
“But the documentary doesn’t just focus on incidents – it also covers our wider work in the area, such as on-going environmental work to protect great crested newts, road improvement schemes and liaison with the public.”