The rollout of so-called ‘smart’ motorways has been halted following a recommendation by the Transport Committee.
Since the introduction of the hard shoulder-less roads, concerns have been raised by breakdown organisations, road safety groups and others that the lives of roadside patrols and members of the public alike are at risk.
In line with the Transport Committee’s recommendations, the rollout of new smart motorways will be paused until five years’ worth of safety data becomes available for schemes introduced before 2020. After this point, the government will assess the data and make an informed decision on next steps.
The government has pledged to increase the amount of emergency areas and improve the traffic cameras that identify of a breakdown is blocking a lane.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Pausing schemes yet to start construction and making multimillion-pound improvements to existing schemes will give drivers confidence and provide the data we need to inform our next steps. I want to thank safety campaigners, including those who have lost loved ones, for rightly striving for higher standards on our roads. I share their concerns”.