Will the Cabinet Secretary explain why the movable sections of the central reservations along the A55 are not used during roadworks, state when they were implemented and their cost?
The Emergency Crossing Points (ECPs) were installed as a resilience measure between September 2014 and March 2015 at a total cost of £3.97M.
The ECPs were installed following a number of serious collisions on the A55 where carriageways were closed for long periods with traffic trapped behind. The ECPs serve a number of purposes:
The ECPs are unsuitable for use as Maintenance Crossing Points (MCPs) for roadworks as MCPs have significantly onerous design standards making them far longer with increased work required to open them up, for example, removal of long lengths of central reserve safety fence, removal of street lighting and alterations to drainage.