M4 smart motorway survey shows large majority of BerkshireLive readers want works reversed
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M4 smart motorway survey shows large majority of BerkshireLive readers want works reversed

11/09/2022  |   386 Views

The large majority of BerkshireLive readers think that smart motorway works on the M4 should be reversed, a survey has shown.

Thousands of readers took part in the survey which took place on the BerkshireLive website, with the overwhelming majority believing that the developments would make the road unsafe.

The Department for Transport has halted smart motorway works across the UK until five years of traffic safety data is available for upgraded stretches completed before 2020.

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However, work on schemes already under construction will continue - this includes the M4 in Berkshire.

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A landslide 89% of respondents said that they felt smart motorway works were not safe, 3% said they were not sure and just 7% of people said they felt they were safe.

Some 89% of people said they think the works on the M4 should be reversed, 3% of respondents were not sure, and 7% said they don't think work should be reversed.

Do you think smart motorways are safe?

M4 smart motorway survey shows large majority of BerkshireLive readers want works reversed

No - 89%

Yes - 7%

Not sure - 3%

Do you think the M4 smart motorway works should be reversed?

Yes - 89%

Not sure - 3%

No - 7%

At the time of the announcement, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “One of my first actions as Transport Secretary was to order a stocktake of smart motorways and since then, I have worked consistently to raise the bar on their safety. I am grateful to the Transport Committee and to all those who provided evidence for its work.

“While our initial data shows that smart motorways are among the safest roads in the UK, it’s crucial that we go further to ensure people feel safer using them.

“Pausing schemes yet to start construction and making multi-million-pound improvements to existing schemes will give drivers confidence and provide the data we need to inform our next steps. I want thank safety campaigners, including those who have lost loved ones, for rightly striving for higher standards on our roads. I share their concerns.”

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