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Time saving benefits of M25 upgrade ‘eaten up by growth’

Roads

19 April 2021
M25: all-lane running near Junction 25
M25: all-lane running near Junction 25

 

The extra capacity created by a smart motorway scheme on the M25 was quickly eaten up by traffic growth, which eliminated the time saving benefits used to justify the investment, says a new research paper.

David Metz, honorary professor at the Centre for Transport Studies, University College London, has explored the effect of Highways England’s project to convert the hard shoulder into a running lane between junctions 23 and 27 of the M25.

The paper, ‘Economic benefits of road...

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