Smart Motorways (Again)

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Re: Smart Motorways (Again)

Post by BRC » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:26 am

You can see it all coming and of course it will be down to the "bad drivers" and absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the deluded idiots that signed this off. One of my oft quoted observations is that the loonies have taken over and we only have ourselves to blame because we let them. Regretfully smart motorways take this to a hitherto unseen level and unfortunately as a consequence people will die unecessarily.
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Re: Smart Motorways (Again)

Post by Fozzie1960 » Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:19 pm

http://news.sky.com/story/end-of-dynamic-smart-motorways-8216too-complicated-says-highways-england-boss-11843218
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Re: Smart Motorways (Again)

Post by BRC » Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:34 am

Regretfully they've realised the error of their ways but too late for those who because of this nonsense have already died or are yet to die. Shame on all those who ever thought there was/is an ounce of merit in constructing a dumb arse smart motorway.
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Re: Smart Motorways (Again)

Post by Deleted User 732 » Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:59 am

I was looking at Highways England cameras yesterday on the M6 Jnc 19 & 18 and the traffic is predominantly in the lanes 2,3 & 4 with only a few in lane 1. Have drivers already a huge mistrust in these idiotic motorways?
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Re: Smart Motorways (Again)

Post by Gaspode » Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:41 am

Chap on the local radio this morning having a rant about smart motorways - quoted a report that said they hadn't yet fully implemented the automated cameras that are supposed to identify a stationary vehicle in lane 1 on all of the 'smart' motorways (one of the most critical parts of the system) - if this is correct, someone needs locking up.....
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Re: Smart Motorways (Again)

Post by BRC » Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:36 am

The consensus on the RAC web site is that surprise surprise, smart motorways are the dumbest idea ever dreamt up by a collective of fools who think they actually know what they are doing. One particular comment caught my eye and just imagine being placed in that situation, go on, just imagine.....

"Some interesting moral scenarios will pop up on a regular basis. Should one abandon your disabled passenger in the car whilst seeking the sanctuary of the safety barrier for yourself? Or should one stay with your vulnerable passenger and show solidarity as you await to be flattened by a lorry whose driver is texting on his phone?"

For the full view follow the link: https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/driving-advice/smart-motorways/
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Re: Smart Motorways (Again)

Post by spritely » Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:59 am

Gaspode wrote:
Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:41 am
Chap on the local radio this morning having a rant about smart motorways - quoted a report that said they hadn't yet fully implemented the automated cameras that are supposed to identify a stationary vehicle in lane 1 on all of the 'smart' motorways (one of the most critical parts of the system) - if this is correct, someone needs locking up.....
I wholeheartedly agree with your points - especially the end one. I think they should throw the key away too.

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Re: Smart Motorways (Again)

Post by PhilB » Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:18 pm

Fozzie1960 wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:19 pm
http://news.sky.com/story/end-of-dynamic-smart-motorways-8216too-complicated-says-highways-england-boss-11843218
That link's photo is of the M4 "upgrade" near me.
Having a close knowledge of that bit of road and seeing what they are doing it looks like a complete waste of money.
The only time it's really busy is in the summer when the Windsor turn off can back up a little as they are all taking the squids to Legoland and out at J11 for the Reading shopping centre and both are only in the mornings.
J3 at Heston to well beyond Reading is a complete overkill.
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Re: Smart Motorways (Again)

Post by BevC » Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:22 pm

The really concerning thing is they tell you to get out of the car - so you open your driver’s door while you are in a live lane with a live lane next to you - and they think this is safe! Do you think any of them have ever driven a car on a motorway. They also seem unable to comprehend that the emergency services used the hard shoulder for access.
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Re: Smart Motorways (Again)

Post by XE123 » Sun Oct 27, 2019 8:18 am

It's a typical case of our government giving the go-ahead to a stupid scheme and then suddenly realising they are in too deep to cancel it. Here in the UK we seem to be very good at just pumping more and more money into failing stupid projects in the hope that they will just eventually end up working as was originally expected. That's why all our projects always go so far over budget!
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