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Drivers 'Should Be Able' to Use Hard Shoulder

Magazine article Public Finance

Drivers 'Should Be Able' to Use Hard Shoulder

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Drivers will be allowed to use the hard shoulder on busy motorways to ease congestion, Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly has announced.

Kelly said the scheme, which has already been trialled successfully on the M42 near Birmingham, would be extended to parts of the Ml, M6, M62, M27, M4 and M5.

The Birmingham trial gave road users permission to use the hard shoulder as an extra lane at a maximum speed of 50mph.

Announcing the scheme on March 4, Kelly said: 'Through a mix of managing speeds and opening the hard shoulder as a running lane, the M42 has shown it is possible to smooth traffic flow and improve journey reliability on a notoriously congested route - and it has done so safely!

A Department for Transport feasibility study has identified approximately 500 miles of English motorways which could benefit from using the hard shoulder as an extra lane. …

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