ORR welcomes smart motorway technology improvements

The Office of Rail and Road has written to National Highways welcoming improvements in the performance of its smart motorway Stopped Vehicle Detection technology, following initial testing. However, ORR says it recognises that caution is required when interpreting the data. In December 2022, ORR reported that the SVD system on all lane running sections of […]

M56 upgrade moves to 70mph

The upgrade of the M56 between Altrincham and Hale in Greater Manchester has moved to operation at 70 mph. Operation at the maximum national speed limit of 70mph was introduced on the stretch of smart motorway following work to calibrate technology, including stopped vehicle detection. A separate project involving overnight work to resurface lanes along […]

Motorway control expert fears safety technology “tarred with smart motorway brush”

Leading Intelligent Transport Systems consultant George Brown has reacted to the government’s ending of all new smart motorway projects by criticising the decision to push ahead with all-lane running smart motorways which he fears could ultimately mean key safety benefits are not realised. The Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, decided to scrap all future schemes because, […]

The implications of the end of new smart motorways discussed on Highways Voices

Following Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s decision to halt the building of new smart motorways, this week’s Highways Voices discusses the implications. Subscribe to Highways Voices free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts or Pocket Casts and never miss an episode! Highways News co-owners Paul Hutton and Adrian Tatum look into what went wrong with the concept, focussing on communication failures […]

RAC wants smart motorway ban to go further

Following the Prime Minister’s decision to halt all future smart motorway programmes over a lack of driver confidence in the schemes, the RAC is calling for the hard shoulder to be reinstated on all existing all-lane running carriageways. Over the weekend the Department for Transport announced Rishi Sunak’s decision that plans for new smart motorways […]

Industry reacts to scrapping of new smart motorways

Following the Prime Minister’s decision to rule out the building of new smart motorways, the industry has been giving its reaction. Max Sugarman, Chief Executive at Intelligent Transport Systems UK (ITS UK), said: “Whilst we acknowledge that the Government will stop construction of all new smart motorways, it is important to note that these roads […]

All new smart motorway projects scrapped

The Government has announced there will be no new smart motorways built, after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak decided drivers had lost confidence in the scheme. The Department for Transport issued the following statement: Plans for new smart motorways will be cancelled, delivering on the Prime Minister’s summer campaign pledge. New smart motorways – including the […]

Lanes open on upgraded M56

An extra lane’s been opened on each carriageway of the M56 between Altrincham and Hale in Greater Manchester, designed to to improve journey times and reliability for the tens of thousands of drivers who use the route daily. The upgrade between junction 6 for Hale Barns and junction 8 at Bowdon cost £85 million. The […]

National Highways investigates Smart Motorway outage

National Highways says it does not believe there were any injuries or incidents as a result of a software outage on the smart motorway network yesterday (22 February). Operation Control Director Andrew Page-Dove told the BBC that engineers worked to repair the system as soon as possible, and that National Highways had increased patrols and […]


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