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Motorways: Accidents

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many accidents have taken place between motorway junctions where there is hard shoulder running in each of the last five years. (319048)

Hard shoulder running was introduced on the M42 between J3A and J7 on 12 September 2006 and normally operates at peak travel times or when there is an incident.

The accident data for the M42 J3a to 7 cover all personal injury accidents for the period to the end of 2008 and are as follows:

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

M42 J3a-J4

11

9

4

4

10

M42 J4-J5

15

10

12

13

14

M42 J5-J6

18

23

20

17

9

M42 J6-J7

12

7

3

6

6

Total

56

49

39

40

39

More significantly the rate of personal injury accidents has dropped from 5.1 per month to 1.8 since the implementation of this scheme.