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This post is unrelated to an early 1980’s Scottish new wave/post-punk band, fronted by singer Clare Grogan.

When a Highways England contractor repairs damage, for example to a barrier, usually they take photographs of the pre-repair state and of the completed restoration (post-repair).  But are the images accurate, for the incident subject of the claim or have they been tampered with – and if so, why?

The A38 Claymills Northbound, Burton on Trent, slip appears to be an accident black-spot, a tight bend that drivers frequently fail to negotiate.  Between 10/2014 and 03/2019, there were at least 23 incidents known to Highways England.  So frequent were occurrences that it appears, on occasions, the contractor (Kier Highways) had not addressed one before another occurred.

From an at-fault Third Party’s perspective, at least the barrier damage caused by the second incident could be repaired in company with the damage caused by the earlier one; a sharing of, for example, Traffic Management costs could occur. But would:

  • the Third-Party be informed of this cost-saving, would they be aware of previous incidents?
  • an Authority or Contractor try to disguise the location history?
  • a Third-Party be presented images purporting to display the repair after the initial incident but which were actually taken following a later repair?

In one instance, we have been seeking answers from Highways England for months.

View the subject images and read more here

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