Motorway Hard-shoulder Running Extended

AA response

4 March 2008

AA president Edmund King "We welcome the government's retreat from national road pricing and would support the tolling of extra capacity lanes where they offer a premium service and a choice for motorists. We are pleased the Government has listened to our concerns about High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes potentially wasting capacity and has agreed to also make them High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes. These lanes should also be free for car-sharers", says Edmund King, the AA's president.

"However, motorists would give the cold shoulder to the plans if they merely have to pay to use the current hard-shoulder at slower speeds!"

"The debate on national road pricing had reached a dead-end and any scheme always seemed to be 10 years off. The Government's new direction will bring earlier benefits for motorists, the environment and the economy.

"We are pleased that at last the government has plans to tackle congestion. Controlled use of the hard-shoulder at peak periods at congestion hot-spots will improve journey reliability. However hard-shoulder running should not be a total substitute for widening strategic parts of the motorway network. Hard-shoulder running adds limited part-time capacity at slower speeds whereas a new lane can add a third extra capacity."


4 March 2008