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MPs 'must consider smart motorway revelations'


A woman whose husband was killed on a smart motorway has called for a parliamentary inquiry to consider the findings of a newspaper investigation, which alleged serious failings in safety equipment.

Mixed signals over motorway repairs


National Highways has said it will fix faults with overhead gantry signals on a smart motorway section of the M62, which occurred more than a month ago, ‘as soon as possible’, but did not give a timescale.

DfT keeps 'urgent' smart motorway probe findings to itself


National Highways has provided the Department for Transport (DfT) with an ‘initial update’ on its investigation into allegations of serious safety failings on smart motorways but both organisations have refused to disclose the early findings.

Viewpoint: Assumptions and predictions


Former director at the Department for Transport and current director of the RAC Foundation, Steve Gooding, picks up on a recent Highways investigation into smart motorways to ask important questions about models, predictions and above all what we want.

Smart motorway probe after paper exposes failings


The Government has ordered another investigation into smart motorways after reports that vital safety equipment was not working on the controversial routes.

Smart motorway opening delayed for SVD


The second phase of National Highways’ £85m conversion of a stretch of the M56 to all lane running will get underway next month but the opening of the project will be delayed for the installation of stopped vehicle detection (SVD) technology.

M1 smart motorway 'will ease congestion'


National Highways is continuing work to convert a new section of the M1 to an all lane running smart motorway which will link to a section of smart motorway that has been found to have increased journey times.

M6 link gets stopped vehicle CCTV monitoring


National Highways is to provide a dedicated team of control centre operatives to monitor a stretch of smart motorway in the Midlands after concerns were raised over live lane breakdowns.

Injuries increase on smart motorway scheme


A new report on a smart motorway section of the M1 has revealed that the absolute number of personal injury collisions rose during the last two years of the period studied to a level higher than the annual average before the scheme opened.

Delayed report gives smart motorway negative benefit cost ratio


National Highways has been forced to release two key reports on smart motorways following a Freedom of Information request from Highways. These include a five-year post opening project evaluation that showed that a scheme on the M1 is on track to have negative journey time benefits of nearly a quarter of a billion pounds over 60 years rather than forecast benefits of nearly £1bn.

Harris corrects evidence to Transport Select Committee


Highways England’s acting chief executive has had to write to the MPs to correct his evidence about the time it takes for a stationary vehicle on a smart motorway to be spotted.

Harris backtracks on 'unlikely' stopped vehicles


Highways England’s acting chief executive has had to write to the MPs to correct his evidence about the time it takes for a stationary vehicle on a smart motorway to be spotted.

Baroness Vere admits public trust was undermined on smart motorway safety


Highways England undermined trust in smart motorways when it failed to give an accurate timeline for a 2016 pledge to make technology to detect stopped vehicles ‘part of the standard for all lane running going forward’, a minister has told MPs.

Smart motorways 'less safe to save costs'


Highways England has been criticised for drawing a ‘false equivalence’ between different types of hazard on motorways in assessing the safety of different smart motorways.

All lane running smart motorways now more lethal, data shows


Fatality rates on all lane running (ALR) ‘smart motorways’ have exceeded those on conventional motorways for the past two years, with 15 people now confirmed to have died on motorways without a permanent hard shoulder in 2019.

AA calls for independent inquiry over SVD


The AA has called for an independent investigation into the system used to detect stopped vehicles on smart motorway all lane running (ALR) schemes.

Highways England backtracks on SVD spacing


Highways England has admitted that radar units used to detect stopped vehicles on smart motorways are too far apart, despite having previously placed an £18m order based on the existing spacing.

AA raises red flag over smart motorway scheme's refuge spacing


A new all lane running smart motorway has just four emergency areas on one carriageway over a 10-mile stretch, despite Grant Shapps telling MPs that he had ordered such areas to be ‘no more than a mile’ apart.

Exclusive: Errors in report cast doubt on smart motorway safety system


Highways England has admitted a string of errors were made in a report on the effectiveness of the stopped vehicle detection (SVD) system used to increase safety on smart motorways, casting doubt on whether the system managed to pass the company’s own evaluation.

Highways England gets Red X for camera roll-out


Only half of the cameras capable of enforcing violations of lane closures on smart motorways are fully operational, a year and a half after a change in the law made it possible for camera evidence to be used for prosecutions.

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