Smart motorways: Roads without a hard shoulder linked to more accidents and fatalities
A report found where all lanes were open there was a 216% increased chance of being involved in a live lane breakdown.
Smart motorways without a hard shoulder are associated with higher rates of fatalities and serious injuries, an independent report has found.
The report, commissioned by lawyers for Claire Mercer whose husband Jason Mercer was killed in accident on a stretch of the M1 without a hard shoulder, found that where all lanes were open to traffic there was a 216% increased chance of being involved in a live lane breakdown.
We may assume that this was anticipated, costed and shrugged through because even an expert must have foreseen at least a temporary rise in accidents caused by the lack of a hard shoulder.
Temporary because this may be officially viewed as a transitional problem. Government may be comfortable with a situation where private car drivers begin to avoid motorways because they are less safe. Fewer long journeys by car, reduced car mileage, more public transport, lower levels of car ownership. It feels like one more aspect of the carbon neutral fantasy.