Re: Smart Motorways.
Posted by Nigel B on January 23, 2021, 2:01 pm, in reply to "Re: Smart Motorways. "
imo they wouldn't be so dangerous if they were monitored continually |
They should be, but if the rest are like the M62 then the cameras don't work when it rains. Sometimes they don't open the hard shoulder when this happens, but it seems to depend upon which shift is on duty - one set are very intrusive with restrictions, the other set less so. I know that the cameras are wonky, as I complained one time about the lane not being open when there were no restrictions & the un-reliable cameras were cited as the reason. You would have thought that a safety critical installation would have had a degree of redundancy built in, but not so. Over 2 years later it looks like something might be happening to the cameras at the moment.
Trouble is with these "smart" motorways is that there is no "safe" place to go in the even of a breakdown.
Both the M62 & M1 "Dumb" motorways have pull-out breakdown laybys set back behind the hard shoulder. Trouble is these are very widely spaced & there is no guarantee that you would be able to drive your malfunctioning vehicle half a mile or more to be able to get to one. After one of the high profile fatal collisions, the Highways Agency put up extra signs & painted these laybys yellow - I suppose from their viewpoint that makes everything OK then !
Hvaing endured 3 years of conjestion caused by the stretch of the M62 I regularly use being "upgraded" to Dumb motorway status, I am certain my journey times did not improve, despite the Highways Agency crowing on local TV about how the scheme had "met expectation for reduced journey times". But they only measured the time spent on the motorway - conjestion coming off the motorway increased, as the measures put in by local authorities to slow and conjest traffic won't allow vehicles to get off the motorway any quicker - my "door to door" journey time actually got worse with the scheme up and running, to the point that (pre-pandemic) I took an alternative route home to avoid the M62 in the evening.
It would be nice if the HA idjits could agree on what constitutes a "Dumb" motorway as well. They complain because drivers ignore the "lane closed" red crosses on the M62, as it is a "part time" scheme with the hard should only open when signed. But the adjoining M1 "Dumb" motorway is a "full time" scheme - automatic assumption that hard should running is the norm unless the signage closes it.
Bean Counter road engineering at it's finest. Madness !