Most drivers want to return to the UK’s smart highways


According to a new study, most drivers want to get their shoulders back on a smart highway.

Approximately 62% of RAC poll respondents said the controversial All Lane Running (ALR) highway (using emergency stop lanes for live traffic) needed to be abolished, but traffic We want to maintain the technology to manage the flow and detect failures.

Concerns about smart highways follow several fatal accidents, including a parked vehicle hitting from behind.

National highways claim that roads are at least as safe as traditional highways.

Less than one in four (24%) of the 2,400 drivers surveyed for RAC continue to use the ALR highway while increasing the number of emergency evacuation areas (ERA) and have a system for finding parked vehicles. We support the continuation of the government’s policy of strengthening. Ignore the closed lane signs and catch the driver.

Approximately 63% of drivers do not believe that measures such as accidents and variable speed limits in response to ERA will adequately compensate for shoulder removal.

“Our research reveals that there is a very strong feeling among drivers of all ages about the safety of smart highways in all lanes,” said Nicholas Lyes, head of roads at RAC. I will. “

He added: “The only thing that really satisfies most drivers is the recovery of hard shoulders.

“Therefore, the government is effective against three-lane highways, which has the advantage of continuing to deploy unpopular all-lane highways or restoring shoulders and improving safety features, contrary to the driver’s wishes. Faced with the difficult choice of creating in. Overall capacity is reduced. “

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Transport said:

“This is why, along with many other measures, all all-lane running highways are opened with technology to find stopped vehicles, and will be introduced by September 2022 and previously built. We are accelerating the rollout of this technology on these roads.

“To increase driver confidence, we’ll update the freeway code this week to provide detailed guidance on using smart highways, including where to stop in an emergency and the importance of not driving in lanes closed by red Xs. Provided. “

Neil Lancefield