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Thread #165036 Message #3956989
Posted By: Steve Shaw
16-Oct-18 - 05:58 PM
Thread Name: BS: 'Not so Smart' Motorways.
Subject: RE: BS: 'Not so Smart' Motorways.
I had to make an emergency trip up the A30/M5/M62/M60 last Saturday from Cornwall to Bury. Not a day of the week I'd ever choose to travel voluntarily. All the roads were busy but I sailed through every section of smart motorway and, on top of that, through every section of roadworks on the M6 which currently take up around three-quarters of the motorway between Birmingham and Manchester. In spite of a leisurely sojourn at the wonderful Gloucester Services (where I bought some lovely ox cheek for my next casserole for under a fiver), I made the 325-mile trip in five and a half hours. The fears of a lack of hard shoulder are unfounded. If there is an emergency that requires hard-shoulder access, that lane is immediately shut off to traffic via a big red cross on the gantries. If you drive in a lane that is indicated by a red cross, you are breaking the law. I drive thousands of miles on motorways every year, in fact they constitute most of my driving miles. Smart motorways work. Hats off to the people who devised the idea.