Motorways: Accidents

Department for Transport written question – answered on 24th February 2020.

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Photo of Lord Framlingham Lord Framlingham Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 11 February (HL1193), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, how many people have been killed on smart motorways to date.

Photo of Lord Framlingham Lord Framlingham Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 11 February (HL1194), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, which minister or official made the decision to build smart motorways in the UK; and when that decision was made.

Photo of Lord Framlingham Lord Framlingham Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 11 February (HL1195), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what plans they have to reintroduce the use of hard shoulders on such motorways while the safety of smart motorways is assessed, following reports of safety concerns and the deaths of drivers using smart motorways.

Photo of Lord Framlingham Lord Framlingham Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 11 February (HL1196), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what advice they have received from the police about the safety of smart motorways.

Photo of Lord Framlingham Lord Framlingham Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 11 February (HL1197), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, how many miles of smart motorways have been created to date; what has been the total cost of that work; how many miles of such motorways are planned; and what is the estimated cost of such work.

Photo of Lord Framlingham Lord Framlingham Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 11 February (HL1198), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what assessment they made of the safety of smart motorways, or similar schemes, operating in other countries before introducing them in the UK.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

As stated in my previous response on 11 February, we want our roads to be as safe as possible. That is why the Secretary of State asked the Department to carry out an evidence stocktake to gather the facts about the safety of smart motorways and make recommendations. The Department will present the findings of the stocktake shortly.

While I would not want to pre-judge the results of that work, what I can say is that we will continue to prioritise improving safety – making conditions safer for everyone on our roads. I will write to you as soon as the stocktake is completed to answer your specific questions.

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