Motorways

Transport written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether a trial of the new managed motorway all lanes running design standard will be conducted before implementation of these schemes.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Highways Agency is not undertaking a trial of the new all lane running design prior to the first scheme opening on the M25 in spring 2014.

The Agency will monitor the operation of the scheme and has agreed procedures to effectively manage this section of the network.

Smart motorways (formerly managed motorways) all lane running is a development of dynamic hard shoulder running which the Highways Agency has operated since 2006.

When the first smart motorway scheme was introduced on the M42 J3a-7 in 2006 as a pilot scheme (known then as active traffic management - ATM), the Highways Agency undertook an extensive programme of performance monitoring.

Using knowledge and expertise from seven years of smart motorways operation, the Highways Agency will monitor and evaluate the performance of the M25 scheme in a similar manner to the M42 pilot.

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