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M1: Castle Donington

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2007, Official Report, column 906W, on the M1: Castle Donington, if, following the traffic management pilot project on the M42 south east of Birmingham, she plans to allow the use of hard shoulders on motorways at times of severe congestion. (157546)

The Highways Agency is still evaluating the Active Traffic Management pilot project on the M42 and hopes to be in a position to make the results of its findings available shortly.

My hon. Friend, the then Minister of State for Transport, the hon. Member for South Thanet (Dr. Ladyman) announced in December 2006 that we will work with the Highways Agency to develop the case for productivity Transport Innovation Fund funding for an Active Traffic Management Scheme on the Birmingham Motorway Box. Beyond this, there are no plans at the present time to allow traffic to use the hard shoulder in response to severe congestion.