A major national campaign to educate the public about how smart motorways work and what to do in the event of a breakdown will launch next month. The move follows widespread criticism that the traffic management technique – which includes the controversial practice of converting the hard shoulder into a live lane – is not fully understood by motorists. In October, HGV driver Prezemyslaw Szuba was jailed for 10 months after he collided with two men on the M1 who […]
Highways England (HE) has been criticised by MPs for giving the impression that technology that spots broken down vehicles on smart motorways would be installed five years ago.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has pledged that new motorways that have no hard shoulder – known as All Lane Running (ALR) motorways – will only open if technology is in place to spot stopped or broken-down vehicles quickly.
The risk of being involved in a breakdown on a stretch of all-lanes running (ALR) smart motorway is 216% higher than on a standard motorway because there is no hard shoulder for drivers to move to, according to a damning new report.