Watchdog highlights drivers’ views about all-lane running smart motorways
03 December 2020
Road user watchdog Transport Focus has published findings of its new research into the driver’s view about all-lane running smart motorways. That is, sections of motorways with variable speed limits, extra information for drivers, emergency refuge areas and no hard shoulder. The watchdog has made six recommendations to Highways England, the operator of England’s motorways and major ‘A’ roads.
Transport Focus chief executive Anthony Smith said:
“It is important to understand drivers’ views about all-lane running smart motorways given that they are a growing part of England’s road network.
“Most drivers feel safe using all-lane running sections of a motorway, but they have concerns about what would happen if they broke down.
“We have made six recommendations to Highways England, including about increased compliance with the all-important ‘red X’ and improving communication with drivers. On behalf of road users we will continue to work with Highways England and the Department for Transport in this important area.”