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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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.

Drivers will benefit from 'smart' M25 by end of the year

The M25 will become the countries 'smartest' motorway Credit: ITV Meridian

The M25 will become the 'smartest' motorway in the country.

Two sections of the motorway, opening this month and next, will have the hard shoulder converted into another lane for drivers to use as well as new technology that will manage traffic flow, improving the reliability of journey times.

One section is between Junction 5 and 6/7 on the Kent and Surrey border whilst the other is in Hertfordshire.

The improvements are part of a new, technology-driven generation known as 'smart motorways'.

John Martin, Highways Agency Senior Project Manager said, "Around £1.7 billion is being invested into roads in the South East by 2021.

"Most of the work to improve journeys on these stretches in Hertfordshire and Kent/Surrey is complete and we are now testing the new technology."

Drivers will be able to use the new motorway to its full potential later this year.

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Resurfacing begins for M25 in Kent

The Highways Agency will start resurfacing roads in Kent on Wednesday to provide smoother and safer journeys for motorists.

The overnight resurfacing is taking place between junction 4 in Orpington and junction 5 in Sevenoaks.

Sections of the carriageway will be resurfaced and the white lines and road studs renewed.

Weather permitting, the work will be completed by Friday 2th May.

The new surface and cats eyes will provide smoother and safer journeys for the many drivers that rely on this busy route. We have planned to carry out the work overnight, when we know traffic flows are lowest, to minimise disruption.”

– Tommy Whittingham, Highways Agency Asset Manager

The work will be carried out overnight between 10pm and 5.30am, Monday to Thursday, and between 11pm and 6am on Friday nights.

CCTV of cyclist caught riding his bike on M25

Police have released CCTV of a cyclist who caused travel chaos after a phone app directed him to Britain's busiest motorway in the rush hour.

The misguided rider ended up pedalling for some miles on the southern section of the M25 in Surrey.

With drivers, and others, taking to Twitter to give their views of the man, there were long hold-ups for morning traffic on the often-clogged motorway.

One police officer tweeted that the cyclist had been seen between junctions 12 and 13 of the motorway. He was eventually removed from the motorway and given a £50 fine.

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Hard shoulder will be removed from parts of M25

Now, if you've ever broken down on the motorway you'll know how frightening it can be to feel stranded on the side of the carriageway.

Well, under new plans to convert hard shoulders into extra lanes on two of the region's motorways, drivers will be forced to pull over onto the verge or into the central reservation.

The Highways Agency are to press ahead a year early with removing the hard shoulder on the M25 between junctions 5 and 7. They will allow the lane to be used as an extra traffic carriageway. It's a cheaper alternative to easing congestion - but what's the safety cost?. Mike Pearse reports.

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