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Hard shoulders open up to UK drivers

Hundreds of miles of British motorway will have their hard shoulders turned into extra lanes to relieve traffic congestion.

Six stretches will get the work, including the M1 near Sheffield, the M6 south of Birmingham, the M4/M5 interchange, and the M60 and M62 near Manchester.

It comes after successful trials on the M42 near Birmingham, and also on the M1 and M6. The Department for Transport (DfT) claims that the M42 trial reduced accidents and improved traffic flow.

As such, it has pledged £2bn to private contractors to 'upgrade' more hard shoulders. The work ensures they can be opened easily when needed and the traffic can be managed. During quieter periods they'll return to normal use.

  • 19 February 2010
  • LNLG

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