Smart motorways upgrades being brought forward

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Published on 21 April 2021 by Mike Waters

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that upgrades to so-called ‘All Lane Running’ (ALR) motorways are to be brought forward.  

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP confirmed that the installation of radar technology intended to spot stopped or broken-down vehicles on motorways without hard shoulders is to be accelerated by six months and that any new stretches of ALR motorway will have it fitted prior to opening.  

The DfT also confirmed that the installation of cameras to spot people illegally using closed lanes and of 1,000 extra approach signs that provide information about where to stop in an emergency will also happen sooner than previously planned. 

Mr Shapps said: “This will help us further reduce the risk of accidents on the country’s roads. So-called smart motorways started to be built in 2001 and I am determined to ensure that technology and exacting standards are in place.”  

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