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15:10  08 october  2019
15:10  08 october  2019 Source:   motoringresearch.com

Vehicle breakdowns hit a five-year high leaving a worrying number of drivers stranded on 'smart' motorways with NO hard shoulder

Vehicle breakdowns hit a five-year high leaving a worrying number of drivers stranded on 'smart' motorways with NO hard shoulder Breakdowns are on the rise at the same time as more than 100 miles of smart motorways in England are created with all-lane running.

SMART motorway networks should stop being introduced until safety reviews have taken place and Road safety group GEM Motoring assist has called on authorities to halt their planned GEM say smart motorway networks should not be introduced while safety is investigated (Image: Getty).

This map shows routes of completed smart motorways and smart motorways under construction. All motorists should be able to make their own recovery arrangements in the event of a breakdown. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. Hard shoulder use and emergency areas.

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A road safety organisation has joined the calls to put the brakes on the rollout of smart motorways.

Some argue the absence of a hard shoulder makes smart motorways more dangerous than conventional motorways – a claim disputed by Highways England.

It says journey reliability has improved by 22 percent and personal injury accidents have reduced by more than a half since the introduction of the first smart motorway in 2006.

But Gem Motoring Assist is calling for smart motorways to be banned until a proper safety review has been carried out. It’s also demanding more refuge areas to provide a safe haven for stranded motorists.

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The rollout of smart motorways , where the hard shoulder has been permanently converted into a fourth lane, should be stopped, a group of MPs says . The all-party group backed campaigners who say having no hard shoulder puts motorists and recovery workers at risk. England has more than 100

However, motoring groups have raised safety fears. “We support road improvements to remove pinch points and improve motorway capacity but not if it compromises road safety ,” said Edmund King, the AA president, which has been campaigning for laybys or emergency refuge areas (ERAs) on smart

‘Proper safety review’ is required

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Gem road safety officer Neil Worth said: “Motorways may be the fastest roads we use, but they are statistically also the safest; and there are fewer collisions on motorways than on other roads.

“However, the high speeds used on motorways mean that when there is a crash, it is likely to be more serious. That’s why, on average, around one in 50 motorway collisions is fatal, compared with one in 70 on all other roads.

“We are also asking ministers and highways authorities specifically to call a halt to their rollout of smart motorways across the country until a proper review of safety has been completed and adequate refuge areas provided for drivers.

M1 safety initiative sees accident rate fall by a third

M1 safety initiative sees accident rate fall by a third The M1 safety week was so successful that Highways England is planning similar schemes elsewhere. A week-long safety initiative on the M1 cut the motorway’s accident rate by a third, according to the government-run company responsible for the road.

The rollout of smart motorways , where the hard shoulder has been permanently converted into a fourth lane, should be stopped, a group of MPs says . The all-party group backed campaigners who say having no hard shoulder puts motorists and recovery workers at risk. England has more than 100

Smart motorways are growing more commonplace in England, here we explain what they are , where they are , how to use them and what to do if you Many people are of the opinion that smart motorways are more dangerous than conventional motorways , because of the lack of a hard shoulder.

“In order to maximise safety, we also urge drivers to ensure they know the rules and signs relating to smart motorways, which are becoming more commonplace.”

‘Safest in the world’

a car driving down a street: Red X closed lanes smart motorway fines © Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Red X closed lanes smart motorway fines

Highways England insists smart motorways are safe and is investing around £3 billion in their rollout until 2020.

The agency faced criticism last month after a lorry ploughed into the back of a broken down vehicle in a stretch of hard shoulder being used as a live lane of the M1 near Chesterfield.

When asked about the dangers of smart motorways, a spokesperson for Highways England told Derbyshire Live that it would “never carry out a major improvement scheme” without being confident in maintaining its roads as “among the very safest in the world”.

“Smart motorways are good for drivers, adding vital extra lanes to some of our busiest motorways and making journeys safer and more reliable. As with other roads, we monitor the safety performance of smart motorways and are rolling out enhancements to improve the road user experience.“

Click here for our guide to driving on a smart motorway.

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