Episode 3: Need for Speed
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Broadcast: BBC 2, 9pm, Tuesday 23 September
Need for Speed, episode 3 of The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane, follows various agencies working to keep the M6 open and flowing. This includes work crews going out on Boxing Day; rolling pothole repairs in the middle of night; recovery of broken-down vehicles; measures to prevent “rubbernecking” after incidents; and a look at some of the dangers facing staff who work on live carriageways of the motorway. This episode also shows the response of the Highways Agency, police and other agencies to a tragic suicide on the M6.
Issues raised in episode 3: Need for Speed
Episode 3, Need for Speed, features a lorry which has broken down on the M6. Traffic officers explain the lorry needs to be removed from the carriageway as soon as possible, to prevent congestion building up. The lorry driver is told it will need to be recovered by the Highways Agency. This is in line with national guidance for ensuring roads remain open wherever possible. See further information on national vehicle recovery.