M20 UPDATE: MP lashes out at 'smart motorways' after deaths
Wednesday 20th January 2021
MP Tracey Crouch has lashed out at the concept of "smart" motorways after the deaths of two people.
Miss Crouch, the member for Chatham and Aylesford, said the highways - which have sacrificed the hard shoulder for an extra lane to accommodate growing traffic volumes - are "anything but smart".
She said: “It has sadly taken two lost lives and a coroner to point out what we all know – smart motorways are anything but smart.
"I hope the government takes note and reviews the safety of all lane running motorways, such as that on the M20, urgently to avoid future tragedies.”
The MP has been critical about the "smart" concept since the stretch of the M20 between junction 3 for West Malling, and junction 5 for Aylesford was converted.
The new widened M20 section opend in April 2020.
Miss Crouch's comments came as a coroner in the north of England said the deaths of two people on the M1 in South Yorkshire in 2019 had been caused, in part, by the lack of a hard shoulder.
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