Fluid Spills

Fluid spills on to the road surface need to be addressed quickly to minimise damage to the road surface and bleeding of the fluids into the surrounding soils and waterways. Typical spills are:

  • Diesel
  • Petrol
  • Hydraulic Fluid

It appears contractors are quick to resurface, as opposed to cleanse.  However:

  1. On Tuesday 6 September 2016, a major fuel spillage was found on the M50 at junction 4, which then continued on to the A40, and then onto the local Herefordshire network resulting in the closure of one lane of a duel carriageway road. To ensure minimal disruption to the travelling public Highways England applied sand to both their network and the local authority network. Herefordshire county council then used their sweeper to clear the surface of both roads. By joint working, this reduced the impact on the travelling public, reduced delays and congestion, and ensured that the network was restored to normal in a timely manner.*
  2. Kier have provided awareness courses to traffic officers within the West Midlands to enable them to make assessments of damage to road surface following minor spillages, and barriers following collisions, rather than waiting for a Highways England contractor to attend. This will potentially enable the road to be reopened quicker.*

*source – Partners_Report_to_PCC_on_original_M6_Hearing_recommendations_14.12.16
Note: While the focus of the public hearing was around fuel spillages, the protocols agreed with both CMPG and the Warwickshire and West Mercia Police Alliance, now extend to all incident types. This initiative has already been put in place to improve clearance times at a number of significant incidents since 18 March 2016.