Research and analysis

Improving the effects of motorway accidents using the CLEAR initiative

Reporting on the ‘collision, lead, evaluate, act, reopen’ (CLEAR) initiative to reduce congestion and costs following motorway incidents.

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The ‘CLEAR’ initiative has finished. See the latest road network and traffic policies.


[Withdrawn] Investigation and closure procedures for motorway incidents

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This report gives details of the progress made through the ‘collision, lead, evaluate, act, reopen’ (CLEAR) initiative.

It explains how the Department for Transport is meeting an objective set in their 2012 business plan to introduce measures which reduce the congestion and costs associated with closures following motorway incidents.

Published 25 February 2013