Legislatures Plan to Stop Smart Motorways
MPs propose a stop to the intended roll out of smart motorways due to anxiety on the safety of motorists and recovery workers.
Legislatures are proposing a halt to the planned implementation of digital highways where the hard shoulder will be converted into an extra forth traffic lane. They are saying that say that lack of hard shoulders is a safety risk to car users and recovery workers. Warrington Web Design tend to agree.
England has approximately 100 miles or 161km of ALR (All Lane Running) digital highways, and there is a plan to add 225 miles.
Legislature Tracey Crouch has added his voice saying the proposed rollout should not proceed. However, Highways England argues that there should be no cause for alarm as the highways are safe.
The smart highways utilize the hard shoulder as an additional fourth traffic lane with different speed limitations that control normal traffic flow.
Warrington Web Design notes there are three categories of smart highways in the UK.
Controlled, the adjustable hard shoulder where the hard shoulder acts as a traffic lane when traffic is busy and the ALR where the hard shoulder is a fixed fourth traffic lane.
Numbers form the Highways England that is in the hands of RAC through the free request of information reveal that by the close of 2017, the ALR highways in England totalled to 100 miles.
In the previous year, Warrington Web Design observed on this highways, a total of sixteen crashes were recorded that occurred as a result of cars halting on the roads.
These numbers also reveal that in the same year, a total of 29 crashes of similar issues of stationary cars on the hard shoulder throughout England and that’s close to 1800 miles of motorways.
An example is where the entire family of Ellie Montgomery was run over by a track after their car broke down on the live M6 Lane in Cheshire.
The family car abruptly came to a standstill in a live traffic lane, and there was no hard shoulder lane for them to make a quick pull over. The primary cause was because the hard shoulder was already acting as a smart highway.
A lorry carrying heavy goods at a speed of 50mph rammed into the back of the family vehicle causing the family of Ellie to suffer severe injuries.
Ellie while talking to the media said that they were in the highway with no protection against incoming danger. She said the road is a deathtrap and technology cannot solve the problem of the absence of a hard shoulder.
The CSRRR is also advocating for its stoppage and recovery workers to be allowed to use flashing lights that are red instead of orange. Warrington Web Design is of the same opinion.
Samantha Cockerill is leading this campaign. Her partner Godbold who was a recovery worker died in September 2017 after a Heavy Goods Vehicle lost control on the hard shoulder of M25.
A conservative legislature for Aylesford and Chatham, Tracey Crouch and who is a member of the group told the media that the rollout needs an immediate stoppage.
She added that the government needs to stop and ask itself is this is the right step to undertake. She said the rollout should not proceed until there are proper strategies to protect the motorists whose vehicles have broken down and the recovery workers.
Highways England insists digital highways are the best alternative to the traditional ones Warrington Web Design agree to this argument. They say they will continue upgrading the system to include more future.