Motorways: Safety

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

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Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning Conservative, Hemel Hempstead

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many additional emergency refuge areas he plans to add to existing stretches of all lane running motorways in the next twelve months.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport), Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

In the next twelve months construction work will commence to install 10 additional emergency refuge areas on the M25.

In addition, Highways England are also enhancing the visibility of emergency areas on all new and existing smart motorways by installing orange surfacing and improved, more frequent signs. These changes are designed to help drivers feel more confident that they can find a safe place to stop in an emergency.

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