A second coroner has written to National Highways expressing concerns over the risk of deaths on smart motorways, a year after two fatalities prompted a coroner to demand action was taken. The latest report to prevent future deaths has been produced by Berkshire’s assistant coroner Ian Wade QC after motorcyclist Zoltan Torok died on a smart motorway stretch of the M4 last year. In the report, Wade said Torok had become distracted by the presence of two motorists who had […]
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.
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.
The government’s decision to roll out all-lane running on smart motorways was “premature” and the programme should be “paused” until 2025 to properly assess its safety, according to a damning report published this week by the House of Commons Transport Committee.