MP calls for roadworks to be 'speeded up' after crash causes massive delays

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Bradford businesses were left counting the cost after massive delays on the M62 yesterday which led to queues 16 miles long when part of the motorway was closed for nearly five hours.

One haulier estimates he lost £3,000 in business after an accident involving two vans and a motorbike at 5.42am.

Bradford West Respect MP George Galloway is now calling for roadworks on the motorway to be speeded up, saying they are “damaging to the city”.

One man was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries after the crash on the eastbound carriageway between junctions 26, Chain Bar, and 27, Gildersome, where a £150 million managed motorway is currently being installed.

The eastbound motorway was closed until 10am between the two junctions while investigators worked at the scene of the crash.

The closure also brought gridlock to the M62’s westbound carriageway. Motorists were being warned of delays of two and a half hours.

Local haulier Thomas Crompton said yet again his business had been forced to cancel jobs because of problems on the M62 and estimated that delays could have cost him £3,000.

He said: “It’s been bad today. It’s cost us a fortune again.”

Bradford Chamber of Commerce president Stephen Wright said: “Many meetings and other events today were cancelled, and that will have an impact on the economy.”

Mr Galloway said he would now ask the Department for Transport to speed up the improvement works to ease the “traffic nightmare”.

Labour MP for Bradford South Gerry Sutcliffe said the situation on the M62 now needed to be under constant review, while Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley, said it struggled along at the best of times, when there wasn’t a problem.

In the year since M62 work began, highways officials have been forced to remove more than 1,500 broken-down vehicles and deal with more than 100 crashes between junction 25 at Brighouse and junction 27.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

e-mail: claire.armstrong@telegraphandargus.co.uk

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8:00am Thu 15 Nov 12

tinytoonster says...

make the contractors pay.
everytime you drive on the m62 nobody is doing any work!!
if they had time penalty clauses they might get off their ar-ses!
make the contractors pay. everytime you drive on the m62 nobody is doing any work!! if they had time penalty clauses they might get off their ar-ses! tinytoonster
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8:30am Thu 15 Nov 12

angry bradfordian says...

tinytoonster wrote:
make the contractors pay.
everytime you drive on the m62 nobody is doing any work!!
if they had time penalty clauses they might get off their ar-ses!
Contracts with government organisations always contain penalty clauses- it's only our Council that don't seem to be bothered with them!

Everybody seems to have forgotten that this sort of chaos already happened before the roadworks started. That's why the road's being improved.

It's an easy soundbite for Galloway to suggest 'speeding up' the works, but would he want to work weekends and through the night? He can't even be bothered doing his day time job and attend Parliament.
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: make the contractors pay. everytime you drive on the m62 nobody is doing any work!! if they had time penalty clauses they might get off their ar-ses![/p][/quote]Contracts with government organisations always contain penalty clauses- it's only our Council that don't seem to be bothered with them! Everybody seems to have forgotten that this sort of chaos already happened before the roadworks started. That's why the road's being improved. It's an easy soundbite for Galloway to suggest 'speeding up' the works, but would he want to work weekends and through the night? He can't even be bothered doing his day time job and attend Parliament. angry bradfordian
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8:51am Thu 15 Nov 12

Cooperlane2 says...

First of all, any broken down vehicles should be taken to an MOT bay and any found to be defective should make the owner liable to £££ fines. There's no reason why so many cars should be breaking down on the motorway.
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Secondly - the lanes are too narrow for too long. You can see lorries slowly moving across lanes then correcting, inches from others in the next lane.
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Thirdly..any accidents...priority should be to get the injured out then clear the motorway - none of this fancy accident investigation for hours and hours with the road closed. Just drag everything over to the hard shoulder - oh, wait, there isn't one - scrap that idea...but get the motorway cleared and moving as priority after the injured.
First of all, any broken down vehicles should be taken to an MOT bay and any found to be defective should make the owner liable to £££ fines. There's no reason why so many cars should be breaking down on the motorway. . Secondly - the lanes are too narrow for too long. You can see lorries slowly moving across lanes then correcting, inches from others in the next lane. . Thirdly..any accidents...priority should be to get the injured out then clear the motorway - none of this fancy accident investigation for hours and hours with the road closed. Just drag everything over to the hard shoulder - oh, wait, there isn't one - scrap that idea...but get the motorway cleared and moving as priority after the injured. Cooperlane2
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8:57am Thu 15 Nov 12

Old Peculiar says...

Don't worry, Bradford MP Gorgeous George has got involved, saying that the roadworks should be speeded up ; great input George, how long did it take you to come up with that oracle.
Don't worry, Bradford MP Gorgeous George has got involved, saying that the roadworks should be speeded up ; great input George, how long did it take you to come up with that oracle. Old Peculiar
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8:58am Thu 15 Nov 12

angry bradfordian says...

Cooperlane2 wrote:
First of all, any broken down vehicles should be taken to an MOT bay and any found to be defective should make the owner liable to £££ fines. There's no reason why so many cars should be breaking down on the motorway.
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Secondly - the lanes are too narrow for too long. You can see lorries slowly moving across lanes then correcting, inches from others in the next lane.
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Thirdly..any accidents...priority should be to get the injured out then clear the motorway - none of this fancy accident investigation for hours and hours with the road closed. Just drag everything over to the hard shoulder - oh, wait, there isn't one - scrap that idea...but get the motorway cleared and moving as priority after the injured.
Yes, it seems that the hours of delays were caused by the investigation work going on for hours and not the fact there were roadworks ongoing.

This increase in investigation work is another effect of the 'no-win, no-fee' climate- even the emergency services are now claiming on people's car insurance for their time spent on accidents.
Perhaps this is what the MPs should be concentrating on, rather than just making statements that sound good.
[quote][p][bold]Cooperlane2[/bold] wrote: First of all, any broken down vehicles should be taken to an MOT bay and any found to be defective should make the owner liable to £££ fines. There's no reason why so many cars should be breaking down on the motorway. . Secondly - the lanes are too narrow for too long. You can see lorries slowly moving across lanes then correcting, inches from others in the next lane. . Thirdly..any accidents...priority should be to get the injured out then clear the motorway - none of this fancy accident investigation for hours and hours with the road closed. Just drag everything over to the hard shoulder - oh, wait, there isn't one - scrap that idea...but get the motorway cleared and moving as priority after the injured.[/p][/quote]Yes, it seems that the hours of delays were caused by the investigation work going on for hours and not the fact there were roadworks ongoing. This increase in investigation work is another effect of the 'no-win, no-fee' climate- even the emergency services are now claiming on people's car insurance for their time spent on accidents. Perhaps this is what the MPs should be concentrating on, rather than just making statements that sound good. angry bradfordian
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10:24am Thu 15 Nov 12

Scargutt2 says...

Claire, surely you mean 'sped up' not 'speeded up'?
Claire, surely you mean 'sped up' not 'speeded up'? Scargutt2
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12:43pm Thu 15 Nov 12

vax2002 says...

IMO : A guy fell from his motorbike suffering minor injuries consistent with falling off your motorbike whilst half asleep and a van driver who was not paying attention ran in to the back of another van causing minor damage in the panic caused.
Now what is to investigate.
It's about police establishing Blame and charging it all to the guilty parties insurance company.
A right earner.
The cost, thousands can not get to work, loose wages, get sacked, have to give up a days holiday whilst the pandemonium takes place.
Then they try to say it's disrespectful, for moaning ? No it is disrespectful for making such a song and dance to the expense of everyone else out of such a minor trivial event.
Get the road clear and open as quick as possible, let insurance companies argue over liability.
We are in a recession, many are hanging on to jobs by the skin of their teeth, this is the last thing they need, daily phone calls to say they are not turning up again.
IMO : A guy fell from his motorbike suffering minor injuries consistent with falling off your motorbike whilst half asleep and a van driver who was not paying attention ran in to the back of another van causing minor damage in the panic caused. Now what is to investigate. It's about police establishing Blame and charging it all to the guilty parties insurance company. A right earner. The cost, thousands can not get to work, loose wages, get sacked, have to give up a days holiday whilst the pandemonium takes place. Then they try to say it's disrespectful, for moaning ? No it is disrespectful for making such a song and dance to the expense of everyone else out of such a minor trivial event. Get the road clear and open as quick as possible, let insurance companies argue over liability. We are in a recession, many are hanging on to jobs by the skin of their teeth, this is the last thing they need, daily phone calls to say they are not turning up again. vax2002
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12:46pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Bungle's Bantam's says...

When is the managed motorway scheme scheduled for completion?
When is the managed motorway scheme scheduled for completion? Bungle's Bantam's
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12:52pm Thu 15 Nov 12

angry bradfordian says...

vax2002 wrote:
IMO : A guy fell from his motorbike suffering minor injuries consistent with falling off your motorbike whilst half asleep and a van driver who was not paying attention ran in to the back of another van causing minor damage in the panic caused.
Now what is to investigate.
It's about police establishing Blame and charging it all to the guilty parties insurance company.
A right earner.
The cost, thousands can not get to work, loose wages, get sacked, have to give up a days holiday whilst the pandemonium takes place.
Then they try to say it's disrespectful, for moaning ? No it is disrespectful for making such a song and dance to the expense of everyone else out of such a minor trivial event.
Get the road clear and open as quick as possible, let insurance companies argue over liability.
We are in a recession, many are hanging on to jobs by the skin of their teeth, this is the last thing they need, daily phone calls to say they are not turning up again.
I assume that someone from the T&A must have got stuck in the jam. Is a traffic jam really worth 2 articles and a poll on whether the works should be 'speeded up'

The article says it was closed for investigation works, so why are they running a poll on the roadworks?
[quote][p][bold]vax2002[/bold] wrote: IMO : A guy fell from his motorbike suffering minor injuries consistent with falling off your motorbike whilst half asleep and a van driver who was not paying attention ran in to the back of another van causing minor damage in the panic caused. Now what is to investigate. It's about police establishing Blame and charging it all to the guilty parties insurance company. A right earner. The cost, thousands can not get to work, loose wages, get sacked, have to give up a days holiday whilst the pandemonium takes place. Then they try to say it's disrespectful, for moaning ? No it is disrespectful for making such a song and dance to the expense of everyone else out of such a minor trivial event. Get the road clear and open as quick as possible, let insurance companies argue over liability. We are in a recession, many are hanging on to jobs by the skin of their teeth, this is the last thing they need, daily phone calls to say they are not turning up again.[/p][/quote]I assume that someone from the T&A must have got stuck in the jam. Is a traffic jam really worth 2 articles and a poll on whether the works should be 'speeded up' The article says it was closed for investigation works, so why are they running a poll on the roadworks? angry bradfordian
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1:42pm Thu 15 Nov 12

scottie dog says...

angry bradfordian wrote:
vax2002 wrote:
IMO : A guy fell from his motorbike suffering minor injuries consistent with falling off your motorbike whilst half asleep and a van driver who was not paying attention ran in to the back of another van causing minor damage in the panic caused.
Now what is to investigate.
It's about police establishing Blame and charging it all to the guilty parties insurance company.
A right earner.
The cost, thousands can not get to work, loose wages, get sacked, have to give up a days holiday whilst the pandemonium takes place.
Then they try to say it's disrespectful, for moaning ? No it is disrespectful for making such a song and dance to the expense of everyone else out of such a minor trivial event.
Get the road clear and open as quick as possible, let insurance companies argue over liability.
We are in a recession, many are hanging on to jobs by the skin of their teeth, this is the last thing they need, daily phone calls to say they are not turning up again.
I assume that someone from the T&A must have got stuck in the jam. Is a traffic jam really worth 2 articles and a poll on whether the works should be 'speeded up'

The article says it was closed for investigation works, so why are they running a poll on the roadworks?
The last Iheard on any accident where a vehicle ran into the back of another it was the one running into the other that was to blame,(other than these criminals who deliberately cause them to claim ficticious injury payments) therefore I would think apportioning blame would simple in minor bumps and getting the road cleared of debris to allow traffic to flow again easy enough.If those firms claiming lost income were to claim against the highways division for unecessary delays in getting the traffic moving maybe just maybe we would see a bit more urgency.
[quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vax2002[/bold] wrote: IMO : A guy fell from his motorbike suffering minor injuries consistent with falling off your motorbike whilst half asleep and a van driver who was not paying attention ran in to the back of another van causing minor damage in the panic caused. Now what is to investigate. It's about police establishing Blame and charging it all to the guilty parties insurance company. A right earner. The cost, thousands can not get to work, loose wages, get sacked, have to give up a days holiday whilst the pandemonium takes place. Then they try to say it's disrespectful, for moaning ? No it is disrespectful for making such a song and dance to the expense of everyone else out of such a minor trivial event. Get the road clear and open as quick as possible, let insurance companies argue over liability. We are in a recession, many are hanging on to jobs by the skin of their teeth, this is the last thing they need, daily phone calls to say they are not turning up again.[/p][/quote]I assume that someone from the T&A must have got stuck in the jam. Is a traffic jam really worth 2 articles and a poll on whether the works should be 'speeded up' The article says it was closed for investigation works, so why are they running a poll on the roadworks?[/p][/quote]The last Iheard on any accident where a vehicle ran into the back of another it was the one running into the other that was to blame,(other than these criminals who deliberately cause them to claim ficticious injury payments) therefore I would think apportioning blame would simple in minor bumps and getting the road cleared of debris to allow traffic to flow again easy enough.If those firms claiming lost income were to claim against the highways division for unecessary delays in getting the traffic moving maybe just maybe we would see a bit more urgency. scottie dog
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2:02pm Thu 15 Nov 12

vax2002 says...

scottie dog wrote:
angry bradfordian wrote:
vax2002 wrote:
IMO : A guy fell from his motorbike suffering minor injuries consistent with falling off your motorbike whilst half asleep and a van driver who was not paying attention ran in to the back of another van causing minor damage in the panic caused.
Now what is to investigate.
It's about police establishing Blame and charging it all to the guilty parties insurance company.
A right earner.
The cost, thousands can not get to work, loose wages, get sacked, have to give up a days holiday whilst the pandemonium takes place.
Then they try to say it's disrespectful, for moaning ? No it is disrespectful for making such a song and dance to the expense of everyone else out of such a minor trivial event.
Get the road clear and open as quick as possible, let insurance companies argue over liability.
We are in a recession, many are hanging on to jobs by the skin of their teeth, this is the last thing they need, daily phone calls to say they are not turning up again.
I assume that someone from the T&A must have got stuck in the jam. Is a traffic jam really worth 2 articles and a poll on whether the works should be 'speeded up'

The article says it was closed for investigation works, so why are they running a poll on the roadworks?
The last Iheard on any accident where a vehicle ran into the back of another it was the one running into the other that was to blame,(other than these criminals who deliberately cause them to claim ficticious injury payments) therefore I would think apportioning blame would simple in minor bumps and getting the road cleared of debris to allow traffic to flow again easy enough.If those firms claiming lost income were to claim against the highways division for unecessary delays in getting the traffic moving maybe just maybe we would see a bit more urgency.
Who could disagree with you ?, well said
[quote][p][bold]scottie dog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vax2002[/bold] wrote: IMO : A guy fell from his motorbike suffering minor injuries consistent with falling off your motorbike whilst half asleep and a van driver who was not paying attention ran in to the back of another van causing minor damage in the panic caused. Now what is to investigate. It's about police establishing Blame and charging it all to the guilty parties insurance company. A right earner. The cost, thousands can not get to work, loose wages, get sacked, have to give up a days holiday whilst the pandemonium takes place. Then they try to say it's disrespectful, for moaning ? No it is disrespectful for making such a song and dance to the expense of everyone else out of such a minor trivial event. Get the road clear and open as quick as possible, let insurance companies argue over liability. We are in a recession, many are hanging on to jobs by the skin of their teeth, this is the last thing they need, daily phone calls to say they are not turning up again.[/p][/quote]I assume that someone from the T&A must have got stuck in the jam. Is a traffic jam really worth 2 articles and a poll on whether the works should be 'speeded up' The article says it was closed for investigation works, so why are they running a poll on the roadworks?[/p][/quote]The last Iheard on any accident where a vehicle ran into the back of another it was the one running into the other that was to blame,(other than these criminals who deliberately cause them to claim ficticious injury payments) therefore I would think apportioning blame would simple in minor bumps and getting the road cleared of debris to allow traffic to flow again easy enough.If those firms claiming lost income were to claim against the highways division for unecessary delays in getting the traffic moving maybe just maybe we would see a bit more urgency.[/p][/quote]Who could disagree with you ?, well said vax2002
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3:34pm Thu 15 Nov 12

OutOfBradford says...

The accident and breakdown stats are staggering!

Having said that, the motorway has not been fit for purpose for 10-15 years now and it was always going to get worse before it got better.

But suggesting anyone be paid damages for loss of income is ridiculous in my view. The Department of Transport can't be held responsible for human error.
The accident and breakdown stats are staggering! Having said that, the motorway has not been fit for purpose for 10-15 years now and it was always going to get worse before it got better. But suggesting anyone be paid damages for loss of income is ridiculous in my view. The Department of Transport can't be held responsible for human error. OutOfBradford
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4:43pm Thu 15 Nov 12

yezboss says...

I would like a simple answer to a simple question.
Why was it closed for so long for what was really not a serious collision. Why did it take so long to deal with?
That is a question for the Police to answer.
Will we get one?
T&A ask it please?
I would like a simple answer to a simple question. Why was it closed for so long for what was really not a serious collision. Why did it take so long to deal with? That is a question for the Police to answer. Will we get one? T&A ask it please? yezboss
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5:48pm Thu 15 Nov 12

BagOfMonkeys says...

Life I'm afraid is just full of futility. What's the point getting worked up about one's fellow man (and woman). In my expectations, which aren't great, I find a goodly 80 percent of folk are utterly useless, they can't help it and they'll never be brain surgeons. They often become councillors, politicians, road builders ...etc.... Which is why we're in this mess. The politicians procrastinate & say there's "Nay Money" and now with super-enhanced Health & Safety the contractors say "Nay Hurry".
Life I'm afraid is just full of futility. What's the point getting worked up about one's fellow man (and woman). In my expectations, which aren't great, I find a goodly 80 percent of folk are utterly useless, they can't help it and they'll never be brain surgeons. They often become councillors, politicians, road builders ...etc.... Which is why we're in this mess. The politicians procrastinate & say there's "Nay Money" and now with super-enhanced Health & Safety the contractors say "Nay Hurry". BagOfMonkeys
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7:06pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Brannigan says...

M'way accidents are generally very serious and require a proper investigation. Damage to the road structure and barriers also needs to be repaired before traffic is allowed to use the road. This cannot be achieved with traffic passing. Having said that some commonsense should prevail and every effort made to deal with the problem as swiftly as possible.
M'way accidents are generally very serious and require a proper investigation. Damage to the road structure and barriers also needs to be repaired before traffic is allowed to use the road. This cannot be achieved with traffic passing. Having said that some commonsense should prevail and every effort made to deal with the problem as swiftly as possible. Brannigan
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7:45pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Sally Way says...

I remember watching look north last year and they were talking about how many people were being caught out by the average speed limits on m62 with the road works.

1200 people a day, times that by £60 a go.

Why would the government hurry up the contractors. A nice little earner for them and the insurance companies.
I remember watching look north last year and they were talking about how many people were being caught out by the average speed limits on m62 with the road works. 1200 people a day, times that by £60 a go. Why would the government hurry up the contractors. A nice little earner for them and the insurance companies. Sally Way
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12:00am Fri 16 Nov 12

Another Landless Peasant says...

Best all stay in bed tomorrow....
Best all stay in bed tomorrow.... Another Landless Peasant
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2:53am Fri 16 Nov 12

Silsdenman says...

BagOfMonkeys wrote:
Life I'm afraid is just full of futility. What's the point getting worked up about one's fellow man (and woman). In my expectations, which aren't great, I find a goodly 80 percent of folk are utterly useless, they can't help it and they'll never be brain surgeons. They often become councillors, politicians, road builders ...etc.... Which is why we're in this mess. The politicians procrastinate & say there's "Nay Money" and now with super-enhanced Health & Safety the contractors say "Nay Hurry".
How have you got it down to only 80%?
[quote][p][bold]BagOfMonkeys[/bold] wrote: Life I'm afraid is just full of futility. What's the point getting worked up about one's fellow man (and woman). In my expectations, which aren't great, I find a goodly 80 percent of folk are utterly useless, they can't help it and they'll never be brain surgeons. They often become councillors, politicians, road builders ...etc.... Which is why we're in this mess. The politicians procrastinate & say there's "Nay Money" and now with super-enhanced Health & Safety the contractors say "Nay Hurry".[/p][/quote]How have you got it down to only 80%? Silsdenman
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9:53am Fri 16 Nov 12

Huneybunch says...

Its was caos on the Dudley Hill roundabout at 8:00 am, 3 hours after the accident a lot of people on buses were late for work and Kids late for school, so it wasnt just businesses that were affected!
Its was caos on the Dudley Hill roundabout at 8:00 am, 3 hours after the accident a lot of people on buses were late for work and Kids late for school, so it wasnt just businesses that were affected! Huneybunch
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