Campaigners call for LTC plans to be halted after smart motorway pause

Campaigners trying to stop the construction of the Lower Thames Crossing are claiming that the decision to pause the roll-out of smart motorways for five years means the new tunnel project should be halted too.

The Thames Crossing Action Group members say that they understand crossing will be built to smart motorway standards and if that is the case, the road should not be built.

They say taking all the evidence into account, they have emailed the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, National Highways Chief Executive, Nick Harris, the Transport Select Committee, the Office of Rail & Road, and various other Department for Transport staff calling for the proposed LTC to be paused due to the fact it is being designed to Smart Motorway Standards.

The rollout of new All Lane Running smart motorways will be paused until there’s data available for schemes introduced before 2020. After this point, the Government says it will assess the data and make an informed decision on next steps.

(Picture – National Highways)

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