Government must not ignore safety concerns of 'all lane running'

Home / News | posted on 03 10 2016

Following The Transport Select Committee's concerns regarding the safety of 'all lane running' SMART motorways, the committee has expressed further disquiet following the announcement for the latest scheme on the M4.

Louise Ellman, Chair of the Transport Committee, commented: "The Department for Transport is blatantly ignoring the safety concerns set out in our report. We had barely received the response to our report before the Government endorsed an all lane running scheme on the M4. But we take real issue with the Government's assertion that all lane running schemes on motorways are no different to other types of roads without hard shoulders. Motorways are a different class of road and drivers have different expectations when using them. In the same response, Ministers recognise that the public needs to learn about variable speed limits and compliance with Red X signals on these motorways. Even then, we believe that education will fail without enforcement and ministers need to ensure that failure to comply is backed up with effective enforcement."

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Government must not ignore safety concerns of 'all lane running'