Motorways: North West

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 25 October 2022.

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Photo of Paula Barker Paula Barker Labour, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of smart motorways in the North West of England.

Photo of Paula Barker Paula Barker Labour, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of the removal of hard shoulders on new smart motorways in the North West of England.

Photo of Paula Barker Paula Barker Labour, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment her Department has made on the viability of new smart motorways; and what assessment she has made of the value for money of those motorways given that they do not have a hard shoulder.

Photo of Paula Barker Paula Barker Labour, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will make a comparative assessment of the effectiveness of smart motorways where the hard shoulder (a) remains and (b) has been removed.

Photo of Katherine Fletcher Katherine Fletcher Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

We have paused the rollout of new smart motorways to collect more safety and economic data to make informed decisions on next steps. We will also consider alternative options for enhancing capacity on the Strategic Road Network. The latest evaluation of safety is found in Smart motorways stocktake - Second year progress report 2022, https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-work/smart-motorways-evidence-stocktake/. National Highways publishes Post Opening Project Evaluations for all individual smart motorway schemes when one-year data and five-year data is available. These are published at https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-roads/post-opening-project-evaluation-pope-of-major-schemes/.

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