Lobby the Secretary of State
Please ask the new Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to call a halt to All Lane Running on our motorways
Congratulations on your appointment as Secretary of State for Transport. As one of your first tasks, I am asking you to take a stand against All Lane Running on our motorways.
All Lane Running means converting the motorway hard shoulder to be a full time traffic lane. I am worried that this means more traffic, bringing more noise and pollution. It's also dangerous. The hard shoulder is an important place for people to pull onto should they break down. It is also a vital access route for the emergency services: they all oppose All Lane Running too.
Your fellow MPs on the House of Commons Transport Committee recently held an inquiry into All Lane Running. They heard evidence from transport experts, emergency services, motoring organisations and others.
The Committee's report calls for an end to permanent All Lane Running. They say that getting rid of the hard shoulder is dangerous, confusing and is putting people's lives at risk to cut costs.
Yet Highways England and the Department for Transport are continuing to roll out the so-called 'Smart Motorway' programme, meaning that All Lane Running will continue to spread across the country.
The 'SMART' element of increased monitoring and variable speed limits to improve traffic flow are sensible and can increase safety. However, the loss of the hard shoulder significantly increases danger for road users and operatives. The Transport Select Committee did not believe that you should trade one against the other.
Millions of people will be taking to the roads this year and may be facing the risks of All Lane Running for the first time. It's time to call a halt.
The billions of pounds spent on this would be better spent on every day travel, like mending potholes and maintaining local public transport.
Please join the campaign to give All Lane Running the red light.
I'm asking you to
back the Transport Committee's call for an end to All Lane Running, stop the rollout and oppose any further plans to extend All Lane Running to our motorways
I don't want All Lane Running. I want safer motorways and a better environment.
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