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Senior MP criticises smart motorway safety progress

22/04/2021

Highways England has pledged to accelerate safety improvements on smart motorways in its first progress report since a national 'stocktake' of the controversial schemes, though critics say change is not happening fast enough.

Full safety spec for new all lane running scheme at Simister

04/02/2021

Highways England has confirmed that a new stretch of all lane running smart motorway in the North West will have key safety elements and will follow the recommendations in the Government’s recent stocktake and action plan.

Weekend wonder: M4 upgrade team releases video of engineering spectacle

08/07/2020

'One weekend closure. 400 tonnes of steelwork. One River Thames diversion. One stunning sunrise. One bridge widened: the M4 smart motorway upgrade has reached its halfway point with its most complex work yet.'

AA says only one in 10 feel safer on smart motorways

15/10/2019

Only one in 10 drivers say they feel safer on all lane running (ALR) smart motorway schemes compared to a traditional motorway, according to a study by the AA.

£256m upgrade 'makes M6 fit for the future'

09/04/2019

Highways England has completed a £265m project to add extra lanes and new technology to a 19-mile stretch of the M6, which it called the most significant change since the motorway first opened in Cheshire in 1963.

Highways England releases £7bn smart motorways tender

12/12/2018

Highways England has launched the procurement process for a smart motorways alliance with an estimated value of £7bn, over a 10 year period.

Highways England outlines details of £6bn Smart Motorway Alliance

23/08/2018

Highways England has outlined key information about its Smart Motorways Alliance (SMA) plans - potentially worth up to £6bn over 10 years - which reflects a radical new direction for contractual arrangements on the strategic road network.

Health and well being of road workers highlighted at HE event

05/10/2016

Operatives working on the M60/62 smart motorway project in Greater Manchester got together to raise awareness about road worker health, safety and wellbeing.

DfT approves M4 smart motorway plans

06/09/2016

The proposed upgrade of the M4 from junctions 3 (Hayes) to 12 (Theale) to a smart motorway has been given development consent by the Department for Transport.

Work on Manchester’s smart motorway enters new phase

14/06/2016

Highways England has started work to upgrade 56 overhead gantries on the 17-mile smart motorway route between the M60 and M62 in Manchester.

Superspan gantries to be installed on M62

03/05/2016

The first of eight ‘superspan’ gantries crossing whole sections of the M60 and M62 Manchester smart motorway project will be installed later this week.

M62 smart motorway saving drivers time

12/04/2016

The number of people using the M62 smart motorway is increasing with drivers saving up to 30 minutes each week.

Smart motorway goes live on M1

04/04/2016

The final phase of a £205 million upgrade of the M1 to a smart motorway between the East Midlands and South Yorkshire has gone live.

Work on M6 smart motorway upgrade to start

18/02/2016

Work to upgrade a 20-mile stretch of the M6 in Cheshire to a smart motorway will start later this month.  

M6 stretch converted to smart motorway

08/02/2016

A £100 million upgrade to convert a stretch of the M6 in the Midlands into a smart motorway has been completed.

Final phase of £120m smart motorway goes live

01/02/2016

The final phase of a new £120 million smart motorway has gone live on the M1 near Wakefield.    

Great crested newts found on M1

10/12/2015

Large numbers of great crested newts have been found on the M1 smart motorway scheme.

First phase of Wakefield smart motorway to go live

25/11/2015

Drivers will be able to use an extra lane on a section of the M1 near Wakefield ahead of a new smart motorway going live next month.

Specialist cranes needed for removal of M62 gantries

10/11/2015

Specialist 500 tonne cranes will be used to remove three overhead gantries from the M62 near Rochdale in order to allow a smart motorway upgrade to continue.

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