If you have ever been on a smart motorway, you know how different they are from the standard motorways. It is an intelligently managed motorway and it ensures the smooth flow of traffic by the use of the latest technology but are they really that smart as they are advertised; we looked deeper into their functionality.
The first smart motorway in the UK started in 2006 on the M42 motorway in the West Midlands. Then more smart motorways were also built and in 2013 they got the name smart motorway.
The committee said that the department for transport first needs to prove that this does not make traveling any less safe. In the next 4 years, 38 facilities were reported on smart motorways and the public seemed reluctant to travel on them.
In 2019 the government announced that they will review this scheme and whether or not they should continue with it or make improvements to it like using different Technologies. The first report was revealed in 2020. This year two men were killed on the M1 smart motorway and it was said that there is a high risk of fatalities in the future on the smart motorways.
The Government was updated by Highways England regarding the progress they have made in implementing the findings of the report. The transport secretary stated in the Parliament that the findings of the report will be presented to the public shortly. As we said earlier it is an intelligently managed system that uses signs, sensors, and cameras to monitor traffic. But a majority of them do not have a hard shoulder. The smart motorways in the UK comprise Five Hundred Miles and most of them are managed by Highways England. Generally, the smart motorway is divided into three types: controlled motorways, dynamic hard shoulder running motorways, and motorways that have no hard shoulders.