Emergency refuge areas are a safe haven for stranded vehicles on busy smart motorways – but many motorists don’t know what they are or how to use them.
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Transport secretary Grant Shapps has responded to safety concerns over smart motorways with a series of 18 measures to improve driver confidence.
We look at the advantages and disadvantages of smart motorways, and what comes next for these controversial roads in the UK.
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has put the expansion of the smart motorway network on hold, following a high number of road deaths.
New research reveals that when a speed limit changes on a smart motorway, drivers have a one-minute ‘grace period’ before cameras will flash them.
Sir Mike Penning, the MP who gave the go-ahead to smart motorways, has strongly criticised safety on the roads in a new report.
A section of the M25 motorway has seen a 20-fold increase in ‘near misses’ since it was converted to a ‘smart’ all-lanes-running system.
It’s been revealed that the SVD system, currently in use on the M25 and proposed for other smart motorways, isn’t always effective
A road safety and breakdown organisation is calling for an immediate halt to the smart motorway network – but Highways England insists they are safe.
Emergency areas on smart motorways in Yorkshire will get a makeover. The upgrades will involve extra signs and a marked-out box for stopping.