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A38 - Ivybridge to Tamar Bridge - Tons of litter

Reported via desktop in the Litter category anonymously at 10:50, Friday 19 February 2021

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later

The A38 between Ivybridge and the Tamar Bridge is heavily fouled with litter of every description which seems to have grown exponentially as of late. All forms of plastic detritus and scrap metal can be seen on East and West bound carriageways as well as the central reservation. Can you please advise me as to what Highways England propose to do to clear up this growing eyesore in our beautiful county. The A38 in the mentioned section is now an eyesore and not only myself but a number of my friends and colleagues have also raised concern at the status of this highway. Some of the waste in the form of large plastic sheeting can also be deemed a hazard to traffic on windy days, it being free to move. I will also contact our area MP Gary Streeter to keep him in the loop and to have his assistance in closing this matter out. I really do hope that something can be done to improve matters this year and certainly before the tourist season starts. I look forward to hearing further from Highways England with regards to this matter.

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  • Thank you for contacting Highways England. concerning litter along the A38 in Devon.

    Highways England, as the government owned company is responsible for the Strategic Road Network in England. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, we’re responsible for collecting litter on England’s motorways and a small number of trunk roads, local authorities are responsible for collecting litter on most all-purpose trunk roads.

    Litter removal on the A38 is the responsibility of the local authority which for Ivybridge would be South Hams District Council.

    If you require any further information please contact our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or

    Kind regards

    Highways England

    Posted by National Highways at 13:00, Monday 22 February 2021

  • State changed to: No further action

    Updated by National Highways at 13:00, Monday 22 February 2021

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