Government refuses to scrap smart motorways but admits launch was too early


 

The transport secretary said it was “entirely wrong” that smart motorways were introduced without the right technology to make them safe, but he has ruled out scrapping them. Grant Shapps told MPs reversing the controversial traffic measure would mean acquiring land the equivalent of 700 Wembley stadium-sized football pitches and destroying large areas of green belt and that instead “we have to make what’s there safe”. Shapps was responding to concerns about smart motorways following an inquest into the deaths […]