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£1.5bn investment in smart motorways will ease traffic hotspots, says FTA

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Announced last week by Highways England, the plans see investment in works on the M5, M6 and M1 that will see an extra 292 miles of carriageway in the form of smart motorways. 

The three projects are located on the M1 J19-J16 Northamptonshire, the M5 J4A-J6 in Worcestershire and M6 J16-J19 near Stoke-on-Trent.

"This is much-needed investment in the area which will help make journey times more reliable in these traffic troubled stretches of the motorway network," commented Sally Gilson, Midlands policy manager for the FTA.

Addressing the potential issues of smart motorways, she added: “They have been successfully used in other areas to increase capacity, resulting in greater reliability of the network, fewer accidents and lower emissions.”

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Katie Beck

Katie joined Fleet World in 2012 as an editorial intern, following the completion of an English and American Literature BA from the University of East Anglia. She accepted a full-time position as an editorial assistant at the end of the internship period, and was promoted to the role of features editor in 2014. She works across the magazine and website portfolio, and administrates the social media channels.