Dual carriageways generally don’t have a safe refuge. Vehicles are hit all the time on hard shoulders it’s by no means a safe system. At the end of the day until we have vehicles that all communicate with each other on the motorway there will always be accidents and deaths
Complete and utter Bollocks. A road as fast and busy as a motorway needs a permanent refuge area. So according to you, if a few people (you know, dads, mums, sons, daughters, brothers etc.) a year get killed in horrific circumstances because of a fatally flawed design, that's OK because there's less pollution. (flirt) The way you reduce congestion is to have a better integrated transport system; less lorries and cars on the road and more on rails. Not use a hard shoulder as a live lane.
I think smart motorway is the way forward...but I agree concept needs to be studied further. Smart motorway does ease congestion. Which is certainly the case with live hard shoulders which means less pollution. And that in theory means less death due to reduction in heavy particulate matter health problems causing respiratory deaths.
No, I hope there's an enquiry into this and other incidents and "Smart Motorways" in general. They're dangerous. The cause of death in incidents like this is undoubtedly, that there was no safe place of refuge. If there was then the lorry wouldn't have ploughed into the car in a live lane and a life lost. Shameful policy by Govt/Highways England. (fierce)
The point he was making is the only way they could have got out and off the road was to jump off the edge of the bridge!