Oct 28, 2022

National Highways apologises over smart motorway sign failure

National Highways has apologised after "Unexpected issues" left motorists seeing random lane closure signs on sections of smart motorway in England. Smart motorways use technology to regulate traffic flow with overhead signs telling motorists speed limits and which lanes are closed. At the end of 2020 there were 369 miles of smart motorways in England, including 168 miles without a hard shoulder. Rotherham Labour MP Sarah Champion said she had repeatedly told the government that smart motorways were "Fundamentally unsafe". Jason Mercer, a constituent of Ms Champion, was killed in a crash on a stretch of smart motorway on the M1 near Sheffield in June 2019.

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