Free breakdown recovery in roadwork areas - how?

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Posted 13th Nov
Anyone explain to me how this works?
You drive into a 13 mile stretch of roadworks on the motorway or similar.
A sign says "free recovery". Generally nothing else, and even if there was a number, you wouldn't remember it anyway.

Your car breaks down at say 10pm on a Friday night.

What then? Who exactly is supposed to provide this free recovery seeing how there are no phone numbers to ring or do you ring 999 or hope cameras might see you?;
99% of the time no-one actual works on these roadworks (and can be 4 days if a BH weekend);
no guarantee there's anywhere to pull over with an AA/RAC phone;
are you supposed to get out of your car, move some traffic cones out of the way in order to push your car out of a lane with potentially fast moving traffic?
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The camera will spot you and a highways agency 4x4 will attend and arrange recovery to take you to the end of the roadworks. From there you make your own arrangements
Edited by: "MWC2012" 13th Nov
MWC201213/11/2019 21:43

The camera will spot you and a highways agency 4x4 will attend and arrange …The camera will spot you and a highways agency 4x4 will attend and arrange recovery to take you to the end of the roadworks. From there you make your own arrangements



This exactly. You see the recovery trucks generally parked up near the start of the roadworks next to a static caravan (more like mini house) ready to be called out.
Edited by: "SaltyExpert" 13th Nov
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The camera will spot you and a highways agency 4x4 will attend and arrange recovery to take you to the end of the roadworks. From there you make your own arrangements
Edited by: "MWC2012" 13th Nov
To be fair that's a question that's often crossed my mind too
MWC201213/11/2019 21:43

The camera will spot you and a highways agency 4x4 will attend and arrange …The camera will spot you and a highways agency 4x4 will attend and arrange recovery to take you to the end of the roadworks. From there you make your own arrangements



This exactly. You see the recovery trucks generally parked up near the start of the roadworks next to a static caravan (more like mini house) ready to be called out.
Edited by: "SaltyExpert" 13th Nov
Just block the road. They will soon come to you. Worth noting that recovery is usually too the nearest safe place outside the roadworks - not home.
Edited by: "Ringfinger" 14th Nov
Normally in road works there is no hard shoulder so they don't want broken down bangers taking up a lane (which is also dangerous). So they will recover you ASAP instead of waiting for you to arrange your own recovery. It's about keeping the road flowing and people safe not being helpful to people.
666FU14/11/2019 03:37

Normally in road works there is no hard shoulder so they don't want broken …Normally in road works there is no hard shoulder so they don't want broken down bangers taking up a lane (which is also dangerous). So they will recover you ASAP instead of waiting for you to arrange your own recovery. It's about keeping the road flowing and people safe not being helpful to people.


No hard shoulder on all "smart" motorways or ALR stretches either.
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