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Six in ten drivers want smart motorways ditched & hard shoulder reinstated

SIX in ten drivers want smart motorways ditched and a everlasting hard shoulder reinstated.

The RAC survey additionally discovered 84 per cent of motorists really feel unsafe when the emergency lane is eliminated.



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Nearly one in 4 drivers — 24 per cent — said motorways have been their prime security concernCredit: PA

The Department for Transport has confirmed it’s holding the smart system however might be placing in extra security measures reminiscent of refuge areas each 1.6 miles, in case of a breakdown.

However, simply 15 per cent of drivers reckon the brand new options would make them really feel safe.

Some 63 per cent polled by the motoring organisation assume the everyday distance between refuge areas is simply too nice.

Nearly one in 4 drivers — 24 per cent — said motorways have been their prime security concern when driving, with 44 per cent of pensioners contemplating it their major worry.

Nicholas Lyes, the RAC’s head of roads coverage, stated: “Our analysis reveals the big power of feeling amongst drivers of all ages concerning the security of all-lane-running smart motorways.

“But whereas there may be assist for scrapping these throughout all age teams, it’s highest amongst these aged 45 and over, with 73 per cent eager to see the tip of those schemes.

“Rather than merely scrapping dynamic hard-shoulder schemes, which solely open the hard shoulder to visitors at busy instances of the day, these schemes might be made the brand new commonplace.

“They still offer somewhere to stop away from live traffic in the event of a breakdown during quieter times while accommodating more traffic at busy times.”

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