Traffic for hard shoulder?

The Highways Agency has begun a consultation on controversial plans to use the hard shoulder as a lane for cars and lorries on the M25.

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Hard shoulder to open as extra lane on M25

Drivers travelling through roadworks on the M25 between Kent and Surrey will get to use 4 lanes from next week when the hard shoulder opens as an extra lane. From Wednesday morning motorists travelling between junctions 5 and 6 will use the hard shoulder as a permanent extra lane.

John Martin, Highways Agency Senior Project Manager said: "The improvements on the M25 in Kent and Surrey are part of the £1.7 billion of investment into roads in the South East by 2021.

The new smart motorway will provide extra capacity and offer more reliable journeys for the 140,000 drivers that use this stretch of road every day. I'm particularly pleased that the southern section of the M25 has opened well ahead of planned completion this winter.

"Ahead of the opening next week, I would like to ask drivers to get smart and find out more about how to use it, the types of signs and signals they will see and what to do in the event of a breakdown."

Travel : Long delays on M25 due to earlier accident

There are lengthy delays on the M25 clockwise in Surrey between junction 10 for the A3 (Wisley Interchange) and junction 11 for the A317 (Chertsey) due to an earlier accident. It's causing congestion to junction 9 for Leatherhead.

The accident happened at 10:50 this morning and traffic was stopped for a short time to removed vehilces from the outside lane to the hard shoulder.

Controversial plans to convert hard shoulders into extra lanes

Sections of the one of the busiest motorways in the South will have their hard shoulders removed to make room for more traffic.

The M25 will see its hard shoulders transformed into a 'smart lane' to manage traffic flow and improve journey times.

The motorway areas affected are on the Kent and Surrey border and in Hertfordshire.

It is hoped the improvements will ensure a 'smarter' motorway, enhanced by the latest technology.

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