M1 Managed Motorway Scheme

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11 Mar 2013

A debate took place in Westminster Hall last week about the proposed managed motorway scheme for the M1 between junctions 32 and 35a.

The Highways Agency proposals would see drivers being allowed to use the hard shoulder 24 hours a day, seven days a week in a bid to ease traffic congestion, unlike other schemes in England which restrict use to peak hours.

Both the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership and South Yorkshire Police are in favour of the proposals to use the hard shoulder in peak flow times however they are opposed to the use of the hard shoulder 24 hours a day, seven days a week  

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn has written to the Transport Minister to express safety concerns as when traffic is flowing, visibility is bad, or the lighting is switched off accidents are more likely to occur.