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UK NewsThere are 24 cases EVERY WEEK of vehicles crashing into stationary cars on motorway hard shoulders, new figures reveal

13:30  08 august  2019
13:30  08 august  2019 Source:   thisismoney.co.uk

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.

Sobering analysis of government figures has revealed that 24 vehicles crash into cars stopped on the Some 9,000 accidents a year involve stationary vehicles . If there is a vehicle stopped on the hard shoulder , drivers need to slow down and move their vehicle over to the next lane if safe to do so.

Sobering analysis of government figures has revealed that 24 vehicles crash into cars stopped on the hard shoulder every week on UK roads. Of those, two-fifths (42 per cent) occurred on a motorway or a main road hard shoulder If there is a vehicle stopped on the hard shoulder

New data has revealed that there are 24 instances every week of vehicles colliding with cars that are stationary on the hard shoulder of UK motorways and major roads.

Department for Transport data shows that there were approximately 750,000 crashes on UK roads between 2015 and 2017. That works out at 684 every day spread across the three-year period.

According to an investigation by Green Flag, almost 9,000 of accidents involved vehicles smashing into cars that were at a standstill - and 42 per cent of these were in the hard shoulder.

There are 24 cases EVERY WEEK of vehicles crashing into stationary cars on motorway hard shoulders, new figures reveal © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Hard shoulder hazard: DfT figures show that there have been an average of 3.5 crashes today involving stationary vehicles in hard shoulders on motorways over the last 3 years

On average this means that three to four motors collide with other stationary vehicles in hard shoulders ever day.

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The UK's most dangerous motorway hard shoulders revealed (and most of the worst have The figures showed there were a total of 403 accidents reported on the UK’s motorway hard According to the figures released by car breakdown provider 24 /7 Vehicle Rescue, 56 of the 403 reported

New Cars . Sell My Car . In October 2019, Highways England revealed that an additional 300 miles of smart motorway without hard shoulders will be rolled out across England by 2025 Understandably, drivers have a lot of questions about these newer types of motorway : what are they, how do I use

Shockingly, almost a fifth (19 per cent) of these incidents involving a vehicle colliding with a car that's stopped on a motorway or main road hard shoulder resulted in serious injury or death.

That's a worrying statistic when you consider that hundreds of miles of the country's motorways are being converted by the government into all-lane running and dynamic hard shoulder 'smart' routes where hard shoulders are used as live lanes.

Concerns have already been raised by news that vehicle breakdowns have increased to a five-year high, which has been the result of fewer people buying new cars and instead keeping older - less reliable - motors.

A recent investigation by motoring title Auto Express revealed that there were 224,225 recorded breakdowns between April 2018 and 2019, up from 189,256 four years earlier in 2014 to 2015.

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Smart motorways cover hundreds of miles across England and allow the hard shoulder to be sued as an additional lane. Twenty -three per cent of drivers surveyed admitted to breaking the rule, with 19 per cent doing so occasionally accidentally, while just three percent break it on purpose.

Broken-down Volvo is crushed when lorry ploughs into it on so-called 'smart motorway ' as drivers Larger vehicle did not see car on hard shoulder which was used as slow lane It comes as smart motorways have been slammed over dangers of extra lane The car was travelling on the southbound carriageway between junctions 29 and 28 in

The M1 was the road with the most reported breakdowns - and it also happens to be the route with the most all-lane running sections of smart motorway in England.

There are 24 cases EVERY WEEK of vehicles crashing into stationary cars on motorway hard shoulders, new figures reveal © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Concerns have been heightened by recent reports that vehicle breakdowns have hit a 5-year high, meaning more drivers are having to make use of hard shoulders if they are available
MOTORWAYS AND MAJOR ROADS IN ENGLAND WITH THE MOST BREAKDOWNS
Highway Name FY 14-15 FY 15-16 FY 16-17 FY 17-18 FY 18-19 Grand Total
M1 26,648 25,738 26,476 28,380 32,152 139,394
M25 23,823 24,369 24,130 24,818 27,941 125,081
M6 23,510 23,374 23,895 24,645 29,428 124,852
M5 14,893 13,312 13,591 14,187 15,420 71,403
M62 11,501 11,020 10,761 11,686 13,332 58,300
M4 10,640 10,496 10,050 10,862 12,462 54,510
M40 7,225 7,326 7,140 7,687 9,692 39,070
A1M 6,489 6,534 6,508 7,310 8,545 35,386
M60 5,448 5,920 6,109 6,302 6,379 30,158
M3 5,053 6,151 5,073 5,744 7,033 29,054
M42 4,698 4,427 4,160 4,441 4,457 22,183
M11 3,700 3,861 3,737 3,707 4,268 19,273
A1 3,630 4,134 4,025 3,755 3,187 18,731
M20 3,282 3,091 3,016 2,982 4,244 16,615
M56 2,805 2,755 2,670 2,749 3,421 14,400
Grand Total 153,345 152,508 151,341 159,255 181,961 798,410
Source: Auto Express/Highways England

There are currently around 100 miles of motorways that have been converted into ALR routes, with another 225 miles planned by the government.

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The three victims of the M1 crash who died when a coach carrying a team of university cheerleaders ploughed into their stationary car on the hard He is out of critical and awake, there is still a long way to go, but he was the lucky one.' The coach had been taking the squad of 60 women and three

Smart motorways work by using the hard shoulder as a permanent fourth lane to ease “We are now well into smart motorway operation and the statistics we have are reliable. Highways England figures found that in 2017 there were 16 crashes on smart motorways involving stationary vehicles .

While these do have emergency refuge areas for motorist to use if they have broken down, they only appear every 1.55 miles on existing ALR motorways and every mile where applicable on planned roads.

Just last month, Matt Pates, the East Midlands regional traffic operations manager for Highways England - the government agency responsible for the country's major trunk roads - said hard shoulders were not 'hospitable' places for drivers to be and smart motorways were 'as safe, if not safer' without them.

However, motoring groups have resoundingly disagreed with this opinion and have been challenging the government to rethink their approach to removing hard shoulders from motorways.

There are 24 cases EVERY WEEK of vehicles crashing into stationary cars on motorway hard shoulders, new figures reveal © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited There are currently over 100 miles of all-lane running smart motorways in England, with another 225 miles due to be converted

Where are ALR smart motorways?

There is currently more than 100 miles of ALR smart motorways in England, with more due to be installed.

Here's where you'll find existing ALR sections:

M1

24 vehicles a week crash into cars stopped on UK hard shoulders

24 vehicles a week crash into cars stopped on UK hard shoulders Some 9,000 accidents a year involve stationary vehicles. Sobering analysis of government figures has revealed that 24 vehicles crash into cars stopped on the hard shoulder every week on UK roads. More on motorway safety: 700 extra breakdowns a week expected on motorways in July and August Driving in closed motorway lanes could land you in a lot of trouble Analysis of government figures by roadside recovery company Green Flag showed that the three years from 2015 to 2017 saw 9,000 incidents involving a collision with a stationary vehicle.

Hundreds of miles of motorways across England have been converted into smart motorways , meaning the hard shoulder is used as either a permanent or The spokesman added: 'The coroner stated that there was no evidence of any legitimate reason for the Toyota Yaris stopping in a live lane.

In a bid to deter speeding on motorways police in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, have placed virtual police vehicles on the hard shoulders . He told MailOnline: 'Forces in the UK have tried this on motorway bridges. But basically it's a waste of time. Once one person has gone past it, everyone realises it's a

Junction 16 to 19

Junction 23a to 25

Junction 28 to 31

Junction 32 to 35a

Junction 39 to 42

M3

Junction 2 to 4a

M4

Junction 19 to 20

M5

Junction 4a to 6

Junction 15 to 17

M6

Junction 10a to 13

Junction 16 to 19

M25

Junction 5 to 7

Junction 23 to 27

M62

Junction 25 to 26

In June, AA president Edmund King wrote to the former Minister of State at the Department for Transport, Michael Ellis, to give evidence to the Transport Committee and All party parliamentary group for roadside rescue and recovery calling for a change in the Highway Code to advocate that when there are vehicles on the hard-shoulder that other drivers should ‘slow down or move over’.

King told This is Money that while hard shoulders can be dangerous, motorways are still far safer with them than without.

'Per mile driven motorways are our safest roads but the hard shoulder can still be a dangerous place,' he explained.

'However, it is still better to have the option of stopping on the hard shoulder or in an emergency refuge area rather than in a live lane of traffic praying that oncoming vehicles will not crash into you.

'This is why the AA has been vigorously campaigning for more lay-bys on ‘smart’ motorways where the hard shoulder is used as a running lane.'

The 3 types of smart motorway

1. Controlled Motorway

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Multiple lanes, variable speed limits and a hard shoulder for emergencies only.

2. Dynamic Hard Shoulder

Variable speed limits and a hard shoulder that can be turned into a fourth lane when needed.

Drivers are told via electric overhead signs to use the hard shoulder during peak hours.

3. All-Lane Running

Variable speed limits and a permanent fourth lane instead of a hard shoulder.

Emergency refuge areas can be found every 2.5km (1.55 miles).

There are 24 cases EVERY WEEK of vehicles crashing into stationary cars on motorway hard shoulders, new figures reveal © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited All-Lane-Running smart motorways have an emergency refuge area every 1.55 miles. Experts have argued they need to be closer and the pull-off sections extended to make it safer for drivers to re-enter lanes with moving traffic

RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes added: 'This information raises concerns about many stretches of smart motorway where the hard shoulder has been removed and replaced with emergency SOS areas which can be up to 2.5kms apart.

'Any driver encountering a mechanical problem on one of these motorways should try to reach an SOS area, but inevitably some might fail to do so and be left stranded in a live lane.

'At this point, the technology should detect a stranded vehicle and Highways England will close the lane. However, from a driver’s point of view, being stranded in a live lane is a very dangerous and frightening experience as their safety is dependent on others obeying the ‘red X’ lane closure signs.

'For this reason we welcome Highways England’s plan to begin enforcing the ’red X’ signs as this should lead to fewer vehicles being driven in closed lanes and putting lives at risk as a result.'

Green Flag's analysis of the DfT figures showed that London has the most crashes involving stationary cars, with 41 per cent of these incidents happening in the capital.

The city’s most dangerous boroughs for traffic incidents are Wandsworth, Lambeth, Westminster and Brent, though there was one high profile case in Kensington and Chelsea earlier this week.

Footage captured on CCTV showed a speeding motorist in an Audi Q7 SUV who lost control of his vehicle and ploughed into a row of 11 luxury supercars in Moore Street, Chelsea in the middle of the night, causing in excess of £1million worth of damage.

Other high-risk locations in the UK for crashes include the West Midlands, West Yorkshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

Green Flag warned that the upcoming August Bank Holiday could 'wreak havoc' on the UK’s roads, with a high number of traffic accidents likely to occur.

In the last three years, 42,000 incidents have taken place during August Bank Holidays, working out on average as 440 per day.

Of these, 52 per cent of accidents were on motorways, the figures revealed.

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