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Are managed motorways in need of fine tuning?

Andrew Forster is left puzzled by the operation of managed motorways

09 September 2011
Are the mandatory speed limits always necessary?
Are the mandatory speed limits always necessary?

 

About a dozen times a year I drive on the West Midlands motorway network and, consequently, I’ve become familiar with the Active Traffic Management (ATM) system  – now termed ‘managed motorways’ – that has been piloted on the M42. And, to be frank, its operation sometimes leaves me bamboozled!

Readers will probably know the basics of managed motorways: during times of heavy traffic the Highways Agency can introduce mandatory speed limits and open up the hard...

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