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A soft solution to a hard problem

As a retired engineer who worked on motorway maintenance for many years I believe that hard shoulder running is a bad idea gone wrong.

Rather than address the real problem by investing in the road network to give a much-needed greater capacity and resilience, politicians have come up with a so-called "instant win" solution.

This does not take into account the safety of maintenance operatives, the emergency services or road users.

How will maintenance operatives safely access the network for maintenance works with no hard shoulder to stop on?

 How can traffic management systems for roadworks be installed?

 Where will the emergency services stop to manage an incident?

 Where will a broken-down car stop?

Hard shoulders are not all continuous and some are of a sub-standard width, so how are motorists going to cope with varying standards across the country?

Hard shoulders were installed as a vital safety provision on our motorways. With today's increased traffic volumes this safety measure is even more important. I just hope that nobody pays for this "idea" with their life.

ROGER AXON (M), S.M. Coghinas, Sardinia, rogeraxon@hotmail.co.uk

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