EU orders wire-rope barrier review

'Cheese-cutter' barriers branded lethal for motorcyclists

Wire crash barriers...lethal to motorcyclists

THE EUROPEAN UNION have ordered a review of central wire rope barriers on motorways following increasing concerns over incidents involving motorcycles.

The wire barriers are mainly seen in Ireland and on the Continent and have the potential to cause serious injuries to riders that collide with them.

The Netherlands has already ordered the removal of the wire ropes as a result of mounting casualties.

The National Roads Authority (NRA) said yesterday that they looked forward to the review and would implement any changes in standards if they were required.