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Re: SMARTening motorways

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Lutin wrote: Tue Nov 02, 2021 7:29 am MPs call for five year delay in all-lane smart motorways
The introduction of "all-lane" smart motorways should be halted until their safety can be ensured, MPs have warned.

The schemes use the hard shoulder as a permanent live traffic lane to increase capacity - but critics say this has contributed to deaths on the roads.

In a report, the Commons' Transport Select Committee said there was not enough safety and economic data to justify continuing with the plans.

The Department for Transport said it would consider the recommendations.
And further in the BBC article:

Demonstrators protesting against smart motorways marched with coffins to the Houses of Parliament on Monday. Relatives of those killed on smart motorways have called for the hard shoulder to be permanently reinstalled after a number of incidents in which broken down vehicles were hit from behind.

The committee said it was was "not convinced" that such a policy would boost safety.

It concluded: "The evidence suggests that doing so could put more drivers and passengers at risk of death and serious injury. Controlled smart motorways - which only use the hard shoulder as a live traffic lane during peak periods - have the "lowest casualty rates" of all roads across motorways and major A roads in England.


From my PoV, variable hard shoulders are the most confusing for drivers.
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https://www.saferhighways.co.uk/post/na ... 2e3ca54ab5

Balfour Beatty is the first to be hit with National Highways confirming that its team on the M3 Smart motorway project should be stood down.

The civil engineering arm had built work compounds in Hampshire and was about to start phase one work on upgrading the central reservation barrier between junction 9 and 14. But National Highways chiefs have written to Balfour stating they would now be ‘temporarily postponing’ the planned start of the £140m project.

In a statement to member firms in the Smart Motorway Programme Alliance, National Highways confirmed the phased openings of completed sections of the M1 J13-16, M6 J13-15 and the M4 J8/9-12 would proceed as planned over the next few weeks.
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Horse wrote: Tue Nov 23, 2021 10:45 am the first to be hit
The irony !
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https://highways-news.com/survey-sugges ... nderstood/

Research by Maru/Blue for the insurance comparison site GoCompare found 45% of drivers surveyed said they wouldn’t know what to do, while 52% of respondents were not aware that you can’t drive in a lane marked with a red ‘X’ or lanes that don’t display a speed limit.

Furthermore 76% of the 18 to 24-year-olds who were asked were unaware that you must keep to the speed limit displayed on the overhead gantries when driving on a smart motorway. This fell to just 26% of those aged 65 and over.


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Ian McIntosh, CEO of RED Driving School. “The rollout of smart motorways could and should have been smoother, with a concerted effort to educate all drivers on what to do when they find themselves breaking down.

“While we can’t change what has happened in the past, there is an urgent need to deliver educational training"


Errr won't his company have had something to do with a few of those 18-24 year olds?
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It'll be the OTHER driving schools at fault.

I know there is some confusion about advisory and compulsory speed limits, and a few drivers are clearly unaware what a big red X means, but I personally have never heard that you "can't drive in lanes that don't display a speed limit" - isn't that the state of most motorway lanes when a limit is not in force?
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In cases like this I'd like to see the questions on the survey.
"Should you drive in the lane marked with 'X'"
will get very different results to
"Are you 100% certain you can't drive in a lane marked 'X'

I bet a large proportion of the 52% not aware that you can't drive in that lane would avoid driving in a lane marked 'X'.
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Re: SMARTening motorways

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Government delays more all-lane smart motorways for five years
New "all-lane running" smart motorways have been paused while their safety is assessed, the government has said.

Using the hard shoulder as a permanent live traffic lane increases capacity, but critics say it has contributed to road deaths.

Five years of safety and economic data for the schemes will now be collected from the motorways built before 2020.

However, hard shoulders will not be reinstated on current stretches of all-lane running motorways.

The government's move comes after MPs said in November there was not enough safety and economic data to justify this type of route.

In the event that a car breaks down on all-lane running smart motorways, drivers are meant to aim for emergency refuge areas.

But critics say the schemes can leave cars stranded in fast-moving traffic.
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