Motorways: Accidents

Department for Transport written question – answered on 23rd January 2019.

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Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning Conservative, Hemel Hempstead

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the prevalence of traffic incident’s on all-lane running motorways and motorways with hard-shoulders; and will he make a statement.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Highway England have studied the first two completed All Lane Running schemes on the M25 where the hard shoulder was permanently converted to a running lane. These reviews found that the schemes have delivered an overall 27% safety improvement.

Highways England have always been clear that the benefits of smart motorways will not be delivered at the expense of safety and each smart motorway scheme must meet a strict safety objective, which is to be at least as safe as before the smart motorway was introduced.

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