Government to pause the rollout of smart motorways amid safety concerns


The government is to suspend the rollout of new smart motorways until at least 2025 amid concerns by safety campaigners and MPs.
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Crash at smart motorway while widow visits site


The widow of a man who died on a smart motorway witnessed a motorway crash near the scene of her husband's accident while having her photo taken.
Inoperative smart motorway cameras mean motorists go unpunished for driving in closed lanes

British drivers want smart motorways scrapped


Nearly two thirds of drivers believe that variable hard shoulder use in so-called “smart” motorways should be scrapped, according to the RAC.
Return of hard shoulder to motorways would endanger drivers, says government minister

Return of hard shoulder 'risks 25 extra deaths'


Reinstalling hard shoulders on smart motorways may cause at least 25 extra road deaths per year, according to a government minister.
Smart motorway development paused after legal threat

New smart motorway paused after legal threat


The development of a new smart motorway across the Pennines has been paused after a retired vicar threatened a legal challenge.
No new smart motorways to open without stopped vehicle detection system installed

All new smart motorways must have stopped car tech


Every new section of smart motorway designated as "all-lane running" (ALR) must include technology that can automatically spot broken down cars.
Government faces legal action over safety of smart motorways

Government faces legal action over smart motorways


A law firm has threatened legal action against the government unless "all lanes running" (ALR) smart motorways are abandoned.
Inoperative smart motorway cameras mean motorists go unpunished for driving in closed lanes

Drivers in closed motorway lanes go unpunished


Motorists are escaping punishment for committing traffic offences on smart motorways due to a lack of working enforcement cameras.
Smart motorway safety tech only installed on 37 miles of network

Safety tech only on 37 miles of smart motorway


A system designed to make smart motorways safer has only been installed on 37 miles of the network since it was announced in March 2020.
Coroner calls for review of smart motorways after M1 deaths

Coroner calls for review of smart motorways


A coroner has called for a review of smart motorways after two men died on a stretch of the M1 near Sheffield without a hard shoulder.
Experts link £25m rise in statutory vehicle recovery to smart motorways

Drivers foot £25m bill for smart motorway recovery


A 33% rise in cars recovered under "statutory removal" powers over the last five years has been linked to smart motorways by experts.
Government to announce seven new smart motorways

Government to announce seven new smart motorways


Seven more controversial smart motorways will be announced today as the government reveals a specialist unit to accelerate road upgrades.
Smart motorways might finally be getting smart

Government tackles smart motorways after criticism


After years of public criticism, the government is making changes to smart motorways.