Government inquiry into smart motorway safety

Rush Hour Traffic on the M6 Motorway, Walsall,UK.

MPs have launched an inquiry to look at the safety of smart motorways. 

The Transport Committee will also look into public confidence into their use and the impact on congestion.

This comes after a coroner said smart motorways created an “ongoing risk” of death after two men were killed after their car broke down on a motorway where the hard shoulder was in use as a traffic lane.

In 2019, 14 people reportedly died on smart motorways. In 2020, the Department for Transport published an evidence review which concluded that “in most ways, smart motorways are as safe as, or safer than, conventional motorways”, and made pledges to improve their safety.

The committee will look at whether the government needs a ‘rethink’ on smart motorways, whether ‘enhanced’ safety measures should be implemented or whether an ‘awareness campaign’ is needed for the public to be better informed.

The transport select committee wants to hear the public’s views. Click here to find out more.

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