Are smart motorways safe, what are they and where is…

are-smart-motorways-safe,-what-are-they-and-where-is…

Are smart motorways safe, what are they and where is…

Are smart motorways safe, what are they and where is your nearest one?
2022-01-12 08:36:00
The UK Government has scrapped their roll-out of 'all-lane running' smart motorways after a recommendation by the Commons Transport Select Committee. It stated that there was not enough safety and economic data to justify continuing with the project. The expansion of smart motorways, where the hard shoulder is used as a permanent live traffic lane, is to be halted until five years of data has been collected to assess whether they are safe for drivers. Concerns have been raised following fatal incidents involving broken-down vehicles being hit from behind due to a lack of a hard shoulder. The Government has pledged to improve safety on existing all-lane running motorways, but relatives of people who have died on the roads have urged ministers to go further by reinstating the hard shoulder. Conservative MP Sir Mike Penning, who claims he was misled when he supported the roll-out of smart motorways while roads minister from 2010-2012, said: “It seems illogical to me to decide to pause the roll-out of new all-lane running (ALR) sections on the basis that more safety data is needed but to allow existing ALR sections to continue to operate.” Smart motorways were first introduced in England in 2014 as a cheaper way of increasing capacity compared with widening carriageways. There are about 375 miles of smart motorway in England, including 235 miles without a hard shoulder. What are smart motor

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