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£1.5bn investment in smart motorways will ease traffic hotspots

Announced last week by Highways England, the plans see investment in works on the M5, M6 and M1 that will see an extra 292 miles of carriageway in the form of smart motorways.

The three projects are located on the M1 J19-J16 Northamptonshire, the M5 J4A-J6 in Worcestershire and M6 J16-J19 near Stoke-on-Trent.

"This is much-needed investment in the area which will help make journey times more reliable in these traffic troubled stretches of the motorway network," commented Sally Gilson, Midlands policy manager for the FTA.

Addressing the potential issues of smart motorways, she added: “They have been successfully used in other areas to increase capacity, resulting in greater reliability of the network, fewer accidents and lower emissions.”

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