Crash barriers buckle on dual carriageway during heatwave

Britain has got so hot safety barriers on a dual carriageway appear to have buckled in the heat.

The barriers are so deformed they actually meet in the middle of the central reservation on stretches of the A63 in east Yorkshire.

National Highways said heat was ‘not being ruled out’ but the buckling might have been caused by ground conditions.

Steel crash barriers are at risk of changing shape when subjected to extreme heat, in the same way as railway tracks.

These were installed in February between junction 38 of the M62 and South Cave, in a bid to improve safety for the thousands of drivers who use the busy road every day.

Motorists had to obey camera-enforced speed limits for months while the verges were improved, signs renewed and the road was resurfaced.

© Provided by MetroThe deformed barriers meet in the middle of the central reservation on the A63 (Picture: Jeremy Buckley/HullLive)

Mandy Foster, from National Highways, said: ‘We are aware of the issue with the appearance of the steel central barriers on the A63 near South Cave.

‘Our teams have attended the site to investigate the exact cause, whether this is due to seasonal variances or another cause.

‘We are continually monitoring and assessing the issue to ensure the barriers remain safe.’


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