FUTURE plans for smart motorways have been put on hold until 2025 in response to safety concerns from MPs and driving groups.
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What is a smart car road?
A Smart Motorway is a stretch of motorway in the UK that uses technology to manage the flow of traffic during busy times. Drivers can change the speed limit – with bright signs on the overhead poles – with the aim of minimizing the annoying stop-start driving that often occurs on normal roads.
They also activate warning signs – to warn you of traffic jams and hazards ahead – and close lanes to allow emergency vehicles to pass. Variable speed limits are enforced with automatic cameras – which run 24 hours a day, even if the limit is 70mph.
Smart motorways can also increase road capacity by opening up a difficult role at busy times.
They are operated by Highways England, a government-owned company.
It said congestion on motorways and the major road network in the UK costs an estimated £2 billion a year, with 25% of this due to breakdowns.
Where can you find smart car roads?
The first smart highway scheme was used on the M42 motorway in 2006. Due to its success, there are now more than 236 miles of roads. smart car road in the UK. Position –
- USAfirst: J6A-J10, J23A-J24, J25-J28 and J31-J32
- M6: J10A-J11A
- M8: J7-8, J8-10 (East direction)
- M9: J1-J1A (south direction)
- M20: J5-J7
- M25: J2-J3, J6-J7 (counterclockwise),] J7-J23] and J27-J30
- M40: J16-M42 J3A (north direction)
- M42: J3-J3A (winter afternoon), J7-J9
- M60: J8-J18
- M62: J9-J10 (east direction) and J28-J29
- M73: J1-J2, J2-J2A (South direction)
- M74: J2A-J5
- M90: M9 J1A-J2 and J2-J3 (south direction)
- A90: Special Road between M90 in South Queensferry
- A14: J22-J33
What happens on smart highways?
Highways England offers the following advice for smart motorway driving:
- Never drive under a red “X”
- Hold to the speed limit displayed on the rig
- A solid white line indicates stiff shoulder – do not drive in it unless instructed
- Broken white line indicates normal driving lane
- Use hiding areas in an emergency if there is no burden
- Turn on hazard lights if you are damaged
Are there many speed cameras on smart car roads?
Nearly 240 miles of motorways in the UK now have variable limits to regulate traffic, including parts of the M1, M4, M5, M6 and M25.
Smart motorways use an overhead column to display a mandatory speed limit that directs traffic into open lanes and changes the speed limit depending on traffic volume. Also mounted on the rig are speed cameras to catch motorists straying from the speed limit.
AA estimates that a record 7,000 cameras are now installed on highways, A-lines and in built-up areas.
Violators will face a £100 fine and three penalty points on their licence.
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Are smart roads dangerous?
In January 2022, the Ministry of Transport announced that the expansion of smart highways would be halted due to safety concerns.
A Government investigation found that at least 24 drivers or passengers with damaged vehicles have died on them since 2015.
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, confirmed that he will shelve plans for new projects until five years’ worth of statistics are available.
“Early data shows that smart motorways are among our safest, but it is important that we go further to make sure people feel safer when driving,” he said. use them.”
“It is important that this extra time is spent making these motorways safer – not just evaluations,” said Commission Chairman Huw Merriman.
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