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NCE in crash risk survey

WHERE ARE Britain's unsafe sections of motorway on embankments? Where could vehicles easily topple down steep banks and injure or even kill the occupants or others below?

NCE wants you to tell us in an unofficial survey following the Great Heck rail disaster.

The idea comes from engineer John Rastall who has written to us (see Letters) claiming that there are many kilometres of Britain's roads where embankments are unsafe.

At Great Heck, a Range Rover and trailer left the M62 just before the start of crash barriers and travelled down an embankment on to the East Coast Main Line just as a train was due.

Ten people died after the car derailed the train causing it to crash into an oncoming freight train (News last week).

A decision on full scale inspections of motorway crash barriers has been delayed until after publication of the final report into the Great Heck incident by the Health & Safety Executive, the Highways Agency said this week. This could be up to two months away.

To help speed any future planning, NCE wants you to tell us which embankments need crash barriers and we will forward your suggestions to the Highways Agency.

Email your reports to nceedit@construct. emap. com or fax us on (0207) 505 6667.

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