BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: UK: England  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Friday, 5 July, 2002, 14:37 GMT 15:37 UK
'Jambusting' unit to cut queues
Rapid response vehicle
The crews have been trained in safety management
A rapid response team to clear up after accidents on busy roads will help cut traffic jams in the Midlands.

The 13-strong fleet of vehicles will take to the motorways and major roads around Birmingham and to the west.

They will supplement police officers by coning off accidents and repairing damage to make sure traffic is safe to pass.

It will be monitored with electronic tracking equipment which can send a team to accident scenes within 20 minutes.

'Birmingham box'

Government transport minister John Spellar launched the new unit on Friday.

He said a quarter of traffic jams in the Midlands are caused by crashes.

"Reducing the response and the clear-up times following incidents will help cut congestion and improve safety and provide a better quality service to drivers in the Midlands."

Vehicles have been fitted with cutting and maintenance equipment which will be used by trained crews.

They will cover the "Birmingham box" of the M6, M42 and M5 and roads in Worcestershire, Herefordshire and part of Shropshire.

Inspector Keith Grima, of Central Motorway Police Group, said: "These extra resources should allow our patrols to concentrate on tackling crime."


Click here to go to BBC Birmingham Online
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more England stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more England stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes