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Who's studying the safety effects of hard shoulder running?

Martin Arthur
20 March 2008
What are the safety implications of hard shoulder running, asks Martin Arthur
What are the safety implications of hard shoulder running, asks Martin Arthur


I was concerned to see in the last issue that the Government proposes to extend the use of the hard shoulder for traffic at peak times ('Hard shoulder running to give quick fix to m-way congestion'?LTT?7 Mar).

I understood the original purpose of the shoulder was to allow emergency vehicles to pass through, and also to provide a safe place for broken down vehicles. What is going to happen to emergency vehicles under conditions of peak hard shoulder running? Delaying them could have critical...

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