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January 23, 2020 at 8:10 am #190467LeviGuest
Opinions are like arse holes. Everyone has got one.January 23, 2020 at 8:42 am #190468Rickymint1952Guest
They’re not smart at all. I call them DUMB motorways, and as I can’t practically avoid using them with the distances I frequently need to cover, I treat the inside lane as the hard shoulder, and never drive in it until it’s time for me to exit.
I’d rather be a middle lane hogger than plough into the back of a broken down vehicle!January 23, 2020 at 9:16 am #190469John PisanoGuest
Not enough cameras for breakdowns but plenty of cameras for speeding penaltysJanuary 23, 2020 at 1:03 pm #190471Bob SmithGuest
“Our motorways are the most dangerous in Europe ” Utter tosh. We have the safest roads in Europe. A simple google search will confirm that. If FEWER people are killed on a smart motorway than a traditional motorway with a hard shoulder, how can they be more dangerous? It’s a stupid argument to have. Many fatalities you see in the news are on the hard shoulder, they are not safe places.January 23, 2020 at 1:22 pm #190460Emily nortonGuest
It is terrible.My car broke down and the steering went.I would have been killed if I had been on a smart motorway.I no longer go on the m4 now and will try and avoid m6January 23, 2020 at 2:21 pm #190488BogdanGuest
Oh man, the amount of stupid comments here is unbelievable. So you want to boicot the motorways. I would dread the day when all that trafic ends up on A roads. You wait and see then overtaking and deaths. It’s easy, don’t drive it like you stole it. Preventive driving is what keeps you out of trouble.January 24, 2020 at 4:04 pm #190588W N JenkinsGuest
Surely the hard shoulder is the safest place, get out of the vechicle on the passengers side and over the fence if possible, these smart motorways as has been proved are a disaster waiting to happen.
I wouldn’t want to see anyone sit in their vehicle for any length of time waiting foer a recovery
Back to the normal hard shoulder is the best way to go, we may then avoid further deaths in these lanes.January 24, 2020 at 5:37 pm #190610John BamfordGuest
Hard shoulders were deemed essential when we thought travelling at 70 miles per hour was dangerous Why the hell have we got rid of some of them now? Its speed on the cheap!January 24, 2020 at 7:15 pm #190612JimGuest
Can’t blame AA as there is no suitable risk assessment to deal with this hazard. Nobody in their right mind would stop or stay in their car on the smart motorway. They are the goverments easy answer to increasing motorway capacity and they don’t care about safety. Eventually however we all need to realise that the private car will be banned due to congestion, emissions and pollution. We need to abandon smart motorways and spend money on the railways but not HS2January 25, 2020 at 11:19 am #190615DaveGuest
All the time and money they have spent (and are still spending) on this absurdity should have been put towards doing the job properly: Adding extra lanes, and retaining the hard shoulder.
And, instead of spending hundreds of billions on HS2, improve and subsidise rail freight, and get some of those lorries off the road.January 28, 2020 at 1:08 pm #190614YvonneGuest
This is interesting…as AA has NOT told
its recovery drivers this yet. ??? Strange
that, dont you think? AA recovery drivers will
stop.and recover on smart motorways once highways
agency have blocked the lane to enable recovery.
Bit of scaremongering reporting here possibly?January 30, 2020 at 11:55 am #190770James WalpoleGuest
In any other industry health and safety would have interveneFebruary 5, 2020 at 11:17 am #190926castrolrobGuest
Lets be honest here,smart motorways were introduced to save money over building a proper 8 or 10 lane carriageway and any option involving saving money or cutting staff is almost always gonna be second best. What did they expect? People broken down in an active motorway lane to IMPROVE safety?dear god….