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Motorways: Road Traffic

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what modelling the Government has done on the use of hard shoulder running; and if he will place a copy in the Library of the outcomes of such modelling. (313002)

The Department for Transport has modelled the use of hard shoulder running in its National Transport Model (NTM). The outcomes of this analysis were presented in “The Advanced Motorway Signalling and Traffic Management Feasibility Study” which, together with its technical annex, were published in March 2008.

These two documents are available on the Department’s website at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roads/network/policy/mtorsigntrafmanagement/

The key modelling impacts presented in this analysis were also published as part of “Road Transport Forecasts 2008: Results from the Department for Transport’s National Transport Model”, which is available at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/economics/ntm/roadtransportforcasts08/

The Department announced the inclusion of a number of new hard shoulder running schemes in its major schemes programme on 15 January 2009 in “Britain’s Transport Infrastructure Motorways and Major Trunk Roads”.

This report, which also contains details of the modelling outcomes, is available on the Department’s website at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roads/network/policy/motorways/

Copies of these reports have been placed in the Libraries of the House.