The controversial scheme for so-called 'Smart motorways' has already been in place on the M25 in Surrey for six months. Many motorists were against the idea of removing hard shoulders - saying they are vital for safety. So what effect has scrapping the lane actually had? Malcolm Shaw has been finding out.
It is now six months since a controversial scheme began to close sections of the hard shoulder on the M25 in Surrey. The Highways Agency says it's helping to ease traffic congestion on the motorway.
But many motorists were against the idea, saying the hard shoulder was vital for safety. So what effect has scrapping it actually had? Malcolm Shaw has been finding out.
There are massive jams on the M25 this afternoon as thousands head away for the Bank Holiday. Long queues mean delays on the entire southern section with two-hour delays from Dartford to Heathrow.
The junction around the M11 is badly hit as well.
Gridlock at the junction with the M3 means many drivers are diverting to the M4. It follows a slow start to the getaway earlier today.
It's a route used by more than a hundred thousand drivers a day. The Dartford Crossing is one of the biggest pinch-points for the south-east road network. Today the Government said it will do a detailed study of two final options for a new crossing over the Thames.
But some debate whether it's needed. David Johns reports, speaking to Roads Minister Robert Goodwill and Thurrock Council leader John Kent (Lab).
Two lanes are closed and traffic is queueing on the M25 clockwise between Clacket Lane Services and junction 6 A22/B2235 (Godstone) with congestion to junction 5 M26/A21 due to an accident involving two lorries and a car.
One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M25 anticlockwise at J2 A2 (Darenth Interchange).
Two lanes closed and queueing traffic due to vehicle fire on M25 anti-clockwise between J16 M40 and J15 M4.