Fylde MP Mark Menzies welcomes impact of smart motorways

The Government has revealed the country’s first ‘smart motorways’ have improved travel times for motorists, following a parliamentary question from Fylde MP Mark Menzies.

Work is taking place to make parts of the M6 a smart motorway, which will bring the hard shoulder into use as a lane when congestion increases, and uses technology to reduce and increase speed limits, and close lanes for emergency vehicles where necessary.

Fyld MP Mark Menzies wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport to ask: “What assessment his Department has made of average journey times on smart motorways compared with the same journey prior to the introduction of smart motorway technology.”

Roads minister John Hayes told him: “Highways England’s monitoring of the first two ‘all lane running’ smart motorways – on the M25 between junctions 5 to 7 and 23 to 27 – over their first 12 months of operation has shown that traffic flows have increased, users at peak periods are on average saving time and that journey time reliability has improved.

“Highways England is closely monitoring the performance of all subsequent smart motorway schemes that have opened, most recently on the M1 and M6, and their initial data is encouraging

“All major road schemes are routinely monitored as part of the Post Opening Project Evaluation programme and this is regularly published on Highways England’s website.”

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