Newton traffic officer stars in TV documentary

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A traffic officer from Newton has featured in the Channel 5 documentary series, Winter Road Rescue.

Barry Connolly, 55, is based at the Highways England traffic outstation in Newton-Le-Willows and has patrolled busy patches of the M62 and M6 for over a decade.

The popular Channel 5 series follows road crews who keep Britain’s roads moving when a big freeze or blizzard strikes.

A film crew from Winter Road Rescue spent several shifts with Mr Connolly this winter patrolling some of Britain’s busiest stretches of motorway.

Some of the incidents that Mr Barry’s team attended are shown in the new series of Winter Road Rescue.

Mr Barry welcomed the opportunity to educate viewers on the perils of winter driving.

“It’s really rewarding helping the public and every day is different. You just never know what’s going to happen in the next five minutes,” he said.

“I hope Winter Road Rescue will help to give drivers a positive outlook on exactly what we do and why we’re here. Our job is to help the public and get the roads open again by clearing incidents as quickly and safely as possible.”

Winter Road Rescue also featured Highways England’s North-West regional control centre in Newton-le-Willows, where incidents are monitored on CCTV and responded to 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Over 200,000 incidents affect Britain’s roads every year and Mr Barry is one of 1,000 traffic officers who are among the first responders.

Winter Road Rescue is on Channel 5, Friday at 12.15pm.