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More motorways to utilise hard shoulder for commuters

October 25, 2007

Plans to utilise the hard shoulder for sections of the M6 and M40 for commuters has been discussed today.

Ruth Kelly (Transport Secretary) speaking on the BBC today talked about extending the successful pilot scheme on the M42 to utilise the hard shoulder for commuters. The scheme has seen a 4-10% drop in polution and fewer accidents. Safety groups remain sceptical about the scheme and raise concerns about access for emergency services.

The extended scheme is estimated to cost £150m, most of which will be spent on the technology to monitor the lanes and for the provision of a control centre.

Critics of the scheme comment that this move is simply “road widening on the cheap”.

Many drivers praised the M42 scheme stating less congestion and therefore faster commute times as the main positive points.

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