Smart motorways defended after car is crushed…

Smart motorways defended after car is crushed in lorry crash
2019-10-04 11:07:00
We will use your email address only for the purpose of sending you newsletters. Please see ourPrivacy Noticefor details of your data protection rightsCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailHighways England has defended its use of Smart Motorway technology after a terrifying crash saw a car crushed when it was hit by a lorry. Smart motorways use new technology and different rules in a bid to keep traffic flowing safely. But they can also see the hard shoulder opened up as a ‘lane for all traffic’ which is what happened ahead of the recent accident on the M1. A Volvo had broken down and was on the hard shoulder of the smart motorway stretch of the M1 – but the lane had been opened to all traffic, meaning a lorry came hurtling down the road and crashed into the car. The accident happened on September 17, and while it left no-one hurt there has been much criticism of smart motorways after the incident. Some people called smart motorways an “absolute death trap” and “the most stupid initiative ever” and DerbyshireLive asked Highways England to answer a series of questions: What is the point of smart motorways and why were they brought about?  “Some motorways use technology to manage the flow of traffic, controlled from Highways England regional control centres.  “They monitor traffic and set signs to help keep the traffic flowing safely and freely. By opening the hard shoulder to traffic, either temporarily or permanently, this increases the capacity of the road without the expense and disruption of widening it.  “It is still a motorway, but with enhancements such as:   Variable mandatory speed limits (displayed overhead)   Greater use of electronic message signs mounted above the nearside of the carriageway   Technology to manage traffic flow and incidents   CCTV cameras (which can pan, tilt and zoom) that function in very low-light conditions   Emergency areas with emergency road-side

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