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Hard-shoulder running on M42

More use of ATM planned

Business plan details work to create better roads

Following the successful trial of Active Traffic Management (ATM) on the M42, the Highways Agency plans to extend hard-shoulder running on motorways around Birmingham.

The Highways Agency also plans to introduce CCTV, queue detection systems and variable message signs on other parts of the network.

And complete 15 major road schemes, including the M1 J6a to J10 widening scheme.

“Our aims are to provide the information and infrastructure necessary to help drivers use our roads in a safe and reliable way, while also taking the steps necessary to tackle the impact this may have on the environment,” commented Archie Robertson, Chief executive, Highways Agency.

Highways Agency key measures

  • Introduce new technology to help keep traffic moving following trial of Active Traffic Management
  • Developing the Highways Agency Traffic Officer Service
  • Developing information services, such as Traffic Radio
  • Wider use of CCTV
  • More travel and delay times on more variable message signs
  • Covering an additional 124 miles with automatic queue protection equipment to warn drivers of queues ahead
  • Researching laser and radar technology to detect incidents
  • Introducing technology at 13 sites to detect overweight lorries, as part of a partnership with VOSA and the police
  • Introducing more HGV overtaking restrictions

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