News: Motorways Gain Fourth Lane

Motorists will be driving on motorway hard shoulders under new legislation from Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly, that intends to ease traffic congestion.

A pilot scheme has been running on the M42 near Birmingham, combining the use of the hard shoulder with a reduction in the speed limit to 50mph. Official figures claim that this scheme has seen northbound journey times drop by more than a quarter over the first six months.

Kelly plans to extend this scheme to parts of the M1, M4, M5, M6, M27, and M62, with motorways that join the M25, such as the M3, and M20 to follow. Sensors will detect traffic building up, then signs will advise drivers to slow down and use the hard shoulder as an extra lane. If you break down, head for one of the

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