M25 in Hertfordshire gets smart

Highways Agency hopes scenes like this will be a thing of the past

Highways Agency hopes scenes like this will be a thing of the past

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The M25 in Hertfordshire has become England's first section of motorway without a permanent hard shoulder. 

An eight mile section of the hard shoulder between junctions 23 for the A1 and junction 25 for the A10 will be available from this week.

The new 'smart motorway' scheme aims to reduce congestion and ease traffic flow, improving the reliability of journeys.

Overhead gantries will display a red 'X' to clear a lane if there is an incident ahead, the Highways Agency said.

One more section on the southern part of the M25 is due to open next month, with a third later in the year on the northern section, with similar schemes being rolled out across the country including the M1, M3, and M62.

An estimated 1.1 million man hours have gone into converting this section of the road into a smart motorway.

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10:38am Tue 15 Apr 14

Hornets number 12 fan says...

Interest use of that term "smart" taking away the emergency lane on the Motorway is not smart at all in my view!
Interest use of that term "smart" taking away the emergency lane on the Motorway is not smart at all in my view! Hornets number 12 fan
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12:25pm Tue 15 Apr 14

pepsiman says...

Good luck to anyone who’s trapped in a mangled wreck with several miles of grid-lock behind them by the time the red ‘X’ kicks in. Irresponsible Madness by the Highway Authorities.
Good luck to anyone who’s trapped in a mangled wreck with several miles of grid-lock behind them by the time the red ‘X’ kicks in. Irresponsible Madness by the Highway Authorities. pepsiman
  • Score: 3

11:39am Wed 16 Apr 14

inayellowshirt says...

and watch out for the sneaky new Gatso (or could be average speed) camera's set up on the side of some gantries between Potters Bar and Enfield.
and watch out for the sneaky new Gatso (or could be average speed) camera's set up on the side of some gantries between Potters Bar and Enfield. inayellowshirt
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