Widow of M1 smart motorway crash victim calls for urgent action

‘How many more have to die?’ Widow of M1 smart motorway crash victim calls for urgent action after two more people were killed on same stretch of road on Easter Sunday Claire Mercer’s husband Jason, 44, was killed on the M1 in Sheffield in 2019  South Yorkshire Police today revealed two further people died on … Read more

Police bust a 30-person Covid-breaching rave beneath the busy M6 motorway

A bridge too far: Moment police bust a 30-person Covid-breaching rave taking place in an underpass beneath the busy M6 motorway Police shut down the 30-person rave which took place under the M6 on Saturday Details of 22 people were taken who will be issued £200 fines for the breach  Organiser could face £10k fine … Read more

Smart motorway death crash statistics will be analysed by roads regulator

Smart motorway death crash statistics will be analysed by roads regulator as Grant Shapps continues to insist they are safe The Transport Secretary has ordered an independent review of safety data  Fourteen people were killed in 2019 on motorways without a hard shoulder  A coroner said smart motorways ‘present an ongoing risk of future deaths’ By … Read more

Smart motorway safety tech not as effective as Highway England suggested

Technology being built into smart motorways to improve their controversial safety credentials might only detect around 85 per cent of stranded vehicles – and leave thousands of motorists a year vulnerable to potentially life-threatening collisions, a report has revealed. Stationary Vehicle Detection (SVD) systems are due to be rolled out across all smart motorways in … Read more

Royal Navy officer died instantly when he flew off M275 motorway at 150mph

A Royal Navy engineer died after his souped-up car crashed off a motorway at 150mph while attempting to impress a colleague, an inquest has heard. Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Keith ‘Paddy’ Ross had boasted to his workmate, Harry Malbon, that his car would ‘take the record’ before taking him for a drive from Portsmouth Naval … Read more

Half of smart motorway cameras designed to spot drivers ignoring lane closures ‘NOT yet operational’

Half of the safety cameras on smart motorways are not yet operational, meaning drivers could be avoiding fines for ignoring lane closure signs which are crucial for warning of accidents or breakdowns ahead. The roads, which can use variable speed limits and the hard shoulder as a live running lane to manage traffic flow, have … Read more

Smart motorway rules are to be included in Highway Code

Rules of ‘dangerous’ smart motorways will be included in the Highway Code so drivers have better understanding of how they work Road bosses announced plans to include smart motorways in the Highway Code It was a move ordered by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps last year  But relatives of those killed on controversial routes branded it ‘too … Read more

Son of woman who was killed on a smart motorway pens letter to Grant Shapps asking to scrap scheme 

Son of woman who was killed on a smart motorway pens letter to Grant Shapps pleading with him to scrap the ‘death trap’ scheme The fiery letter says Grant Shapps will be held responsible for future deaths Niaz Shazad’s mother died on the M1 in 2018 after she was struck by a lorry The letter … Read more