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Originally Posted by HermanHymer View Post
|HermanHymer||They could do with a smart road down the western side of the Peak District through Longdendale. No chance of getting a speeding fine there. I feel for the residents who cannot get through their own town on account of the unending flow of trucks and cars using that route across the Pennines. Easily a half hour hold-up through there to the Manchester Ring Road. No wonder there are signs urging frustrated motorists to support their push for a bypass. In fact it's a pain the whole way over from Worksop. Truckies going at 28mph!!! Grrr.|
As long as the bus and rail links are outside my home
Doesn’t require me to walk far
Because even though I want the best for the environment
My limbs would never make it
As many others find
But on a cheerful note
I’m not challenging the environment as far as travel is concerned
I rarely leave the house
Smart motorways were a dumb idea.
There have already been fatalities and the cost of the conversions is eye watering.
Too many motorways are restricted to 50MPH for years on end to convert the hard shoulder to the extra lane.
Its just madness to try and cope with the volume of traffic.
Improve bus and rail links don't assume cars are king.
Well would you believe it "Highways England will STOP building 'smart' motorways without permanent hard shoulders as boss admits they are not working because they're 'too complicated'"
They also admit that "40, 50 or 60mph limits were being set before congestion mounted on 'smart motorways' in England, using predictions about traffic levels."
"Data has showed that 72,348 people were fined on motorways with variable speed limits last year. This was almost double the number a year earlier and a tenfold rise in five years. Of those, two thirds of fines were handed out to motorists travelling at 69mph or below, even though the national speed limit is 70mph."
I wondered why you can cruise round a non smart bit of the M25 at 70mph but as soon as you get to a smart section the limit is set to 60mph or lower. Now I know that it is because the computer said so.
Originally Posted by Penquin View Post
|Penquin||Whereas in la belle France speed limits are to be reduced at a stroke w.e.f. July 1st.|
Originally Posted by fatbuddha View Post
It is interesting that it is proposed to increase the default speed limit through motorway road work sites from 50mph to 60mph. https://news.sky.com/story/motorway-...60mph-11090874
At a stroke of a pen what was unsafe suddenly becomes safe. Hard shoulder running, road work speed limits, HGV speed limit increased on single carriageway NSL roads, allowing vehicles of 4250kg GVW to be driven on a B Licence [if powered by alternative fuels] etc.
Originally Posted by Lancs Steve View Post
and roadworks have lower speed limits for worker safety not vehicle safety
My experience is that lower speed limits do not improve traffic flow. If they did why do 50 limits in roadworks (3 lanes at 70 limit going into 3 lanes at a 50 limit) cause such big queues? Smart motorways are a cheap way of increasing capacity but reduce safety. Not only do hardshoulders provide a safer refuge for broken down cars but also an access route for emergency vehicles.
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