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The roll-out and safety of smart motorways

Inquiry

This inquiry will look at the safety of smart motorways and public confidence in their use as well as their impact upon congestion.

Concerns about the safety of smart motorways have been emphasised recently with a number of fatalities on them and criticism by coroners investigating those deaths.

In 2020, the Department for Transport published an evidence review of smart motorway safety. This concluded that “in most ways, smart motorways are as safe as, or safer than, conventional motorways”, and made pledges to improve their safety.

Read the call for evidence for more details about the inquiry.

Reports, special reports and government responses

No reports or special reports published.

Oral evidence transcripts

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30 June 2021
Inquiry The roll-out and safety of smart motorways
Witnesses Department for Transport, Highways England, Highways England, and Department for Transport
Committees Transport Committee
Oral Evidence
16 June 2021
Inquiry The roll-out and safety of smart motorways
Witnesses Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Institution for Civil Engineers, and Transport for the North, and Kate Carpenter (Fellow at Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation)
Committees Transport Committee
Oral Evidence
16 June 2021
Inquiry The roll-out and safety of smart motorways
Witnesses Royal HaskoningDHV, Professor David Metz (Honorary Professor at UCL Centre for Transport Studies), and Mike Mackinnon (Consultant at MMB Associates, and former Civil Servant at Department for Transport)
Committees Transport Committee
Oral Evidence
RSM0119 - The roll-out and safety of smart motorways
Witnesses Mike Rawson
Committees Transport Committee
Written Evidence
RSM0118 - The roll-out and safety of smart motorways
Witnesses West Midlands Police
Committees Transport Committee
Written Evidence
RSM0117 - The roll-out and safety of smart motorways
Witnesses Automobile Association
Committees Transport Committee
Written Evidence

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Please note: The Transport Committee examines policy issues relating to the Department for Transport and its associated bodies. It is unable to investigate, or adjudicate on, individual cases.

  • Email: transcom@parliament.uk
  • Phone: General enquiries: 020 7219 6094/ Text relay: 18001 020 6094/ Media enquiries: 020 7219 8211
  • Address: Transport Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA/ Twitter: @CommonsTrans