The latest in smart motorway technology has gone live this week.
A smart motorway, is a stretch of road that has traffic flow controlled technologically. This includes operator's controlling vaiable speed limits and hazard warning signs, as well as controlling lane closures.
There are more than 230 milea of smart motorways in the UK, the latest to go live this week are:
M25 – J16-23
M25 -- J23-24
M1 – J6a-10
M1 -- J10-13
M1 -- J25-28
M6 – J4-5
M6 -- J5-8
M6 -- J8-10a
M42 – J3a-7
M42 -- J7-9
M4 – J19-20
Highways England offer the following advice when driving on a smart motorway:
Never drive under a red “X”
Keep to the speed limit shown on the gantries
A solid white line indicates the hard shoulder – don’t drive in it unless directed
A broken white line indicates a normal running lane
Use the refuge areas for emergencies if there’s no hard shoulder
Put your hazard lights on if you break down
There are 200 more miles of smart motorway in the planning.
With speed limits now variable, and cameras active, always keep an eye on what the current road speed is, and keep to the relevant soeed limit, or run the risk of a £100 fine and points on your license.