London, 12 Jun 2003.
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Press Release

ABD Calls for End to Crossover Accidents
Following the fatal accident on the M1 involving a transporter carrying three armoured cars, the ABD believes that lives could be saved by safety improvements in motorway construction.
ABD Road Safety Spokesman Mark McArthur-Christie noted:
"In some parts of the country motorway carriageways have been built some distance apart. On the M6 in Cumbria there are several stretches where the carriageways are separated by fields, and on the M62 across the Pennines there is even a farm between the carriageways. It is important that vehicles cannot cross the central reservation into the path of other traffic."

Stott Hall Farm in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, where the M62 splits and passes either side of the farmhouse.

Where Motorways run through rural areas, the ABD believes that carriageways should be built some distance apart. The intervening areas being used for green space. Existing wide central reservations already provide a valuable habitat for wildlife. Where space is more limited, motorways should be constructed with a wide central reservation protected by ditches and an embankment.
A ditch alongside the outer lane would ensure that any vehicles that go off the road would be prevented from crossing the central reservation and also be removed from the path of following traffic. A high central embankment would totally prevent any possibility of cross-over accidents as well as removing glare from headlights at night. In addition, it would make 'rubber-necking' at accidents on the other carriageway impossible.
A single-track service road could run along the top of the embankment allowing maintenance and emergency vehicles access to the central reservation without having to close a lane. This would improve safety for maintenance workers and drivers alike. Access to the service road would be provided via gates at overbridges.
ABD Chairman Brian Gregory said:
"Whilst we recognise the impracticality of modifying many existing motorways, it would make a great deal of sense to incorporate such safety measures on new motorways and widened roads to prevent accidents."


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