There are now plans of opening the hard shoulder on the busiest motorways in England according to the Times Online
. Over 250 miles of motorway on the M1, M3, M4, M5, M6, M25 and M26 are going to be opening the hard shoulder to decrease congestion and save money on motorway widening. It will cost Â£10million to open up the hard shoulder and a whopping Â£40million to widen the motorway.
There are many people who are for and against the idea, the emergency services are in concern as to how they will reach a crash site with no hard shoulder, motoring groups are divided in their opinions as some say the congestion will be eased if motrways are widened and some say they don't mind being stuck as in car entertainment is very good these days. The government are retreating from the latter as their road building program is Â£billion over budget according to the Times Online Q&A
According to the BBC
, the trail of the M42 usage of the hard shoulder reduced journey time by 25%, and dropped in accident rates from 5.2 to 1.5 per month. The report had also found that fuel consumption decreased by 4% and that vehicle emissions reduced by 10%.
There are many mixed opinions on the 'cheap road widening scheme,' how do you think it will affect you?