Road closures for the purposes of filming Top Gear

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Dear Highways Agency,

Does the agency routinely close public highways to enable the BBC to film segments for the show Top Gear. For example in a broadcast of July 18th 2009 Top Gear was depicted driving heavily modified vehicles on the M3 and A303 in Hampshire.

Did the agency facilitate the BBC with a special closure of the M3 or A303 in connection with the above.

Also is the agency made aware of such filming and use of modified vehicles?

Yours faithfully,

John Glacier

Dear Mr Glacier.

Thank you for contacting the Highways Agency Information Line on 19/07/2010 with your Freedom of Information (FOI) request. Your request has been forwarded to the relevant team who will respond within 20 working days

In the meantime, please take a look at the following link: http://www.highways.gov.uk/foiresponses/... for more information regarding the Highways Agency's process for FOI requests.

The reference number for your enquiry is 13042729.

Yours sincerely.

Iain

Tel: 0300 123 5000
E-mail: [Highways Agency request email]

Safe roads, Reliable journeys, Informed travellers
Highways Agency, an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport.

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Adam Brookes left an annotation ()

I assume the request relates to the programme broadcast on 18 July 2010, episode 4 of series 15, rather than 18 July 2009.

John Glacier left an annotation ()

Correct Adam. :)

Dear Highways Agency,

Please note I meant 18th of July 2010 and not 2009 as in my original request.

Yours faithfully,

John Glacier

Thompson, Stuart,

Dear Mr Glacier

Thank you for your email of the 19 July 2010. We are handling your request
under normal business processes, which means we are not handling your
request in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.

You asked us the following questions:

Does the agency routinely close public highways to enable the BBC to film
segments for the show Top Gear. For example in a broadcast of July 18th
2010. Top Gear was depicted driving heavily modified vehicles on the M3
and A303 in Hampshire.

Did the agency facilitate the BBC with a special closure of the M3 or
A303 in connection with the above.

Also is the agency made aware of such filming and use of modified
vehicles?

In answer to your questions:

No. Current Highways Agency policy is that we do not routinely close
public highways to enable the filming of productions on our network,
whether for the BBC's Top Gear programme or other productions. Neither
did the Highways Agency facilitate a special closure of the M3 or A303 in
connection with the filming of the programme broadcast on July 18th
2010 .

When the the Highways Agency is made aware about any proposed filming on
our network our standard advice is they carry out a thorough risk
assessment taking into consideration any distraction caused to other
drivers, to make sure they've liaised with the police, other Highway
Authorities and that they are not breaching any Road Traffic
Regulations.

In the case of BBC Top Gear, they contacted the Highways Agency on 29
April 2010 and were advised to ensure the types of vehicles they were
proposing to use on the network didn't breach any Road Traffic
Regulations or Highway related legislation.

If you feel the information supplied is not sufficient, please do let me
know. If wish to complain about this response, the complaints procedure is
available via our website at:

[1]http://www.highways.gov.uk/aboutus/141.a...

Yours

Stuart Thompson, Senior Press and Publicity Officer
Highways Agency | 123 Buckingham Palace Road | London | SW1W 9HA
Tel: +44 (0) 207 1534849 | Fax: + 44 (0) 207 1538299 | Mobile: + 44 (0)
7881 500 866
Web: [2]http://www.highways.gov.uk
GTN: 3814 4849

Safe roads, Reliable journeys, Informed travellers
Highways Agency, an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport.

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