The Daily Telegraph

Drivers don’t want smart motorways, says poll

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The majority of motorists want smart motorways scrapped as they feel less safe on them than on roads with hard shoulders, an RAC poll has found.

A survey of 2,600 drivers found that over 60 per cent believe the scheme should be abandoned, while retaining technology which manages traffic flows and reports breakdowns. Only a quarter supported the continuati­on of current government policy, which is to stick to four permanent running lanes and no hard shoulder.

The RAC research also indicated a sharp increase in safety concerns about smart motorways, with 24 per cent of drivers citing this as one of their top overall motoring concerns.

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