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MP welcomes meeting over M1 safety concerns

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sheffield Heeley MP, Meg Munn, has secured a meeting with Transport Minister, Stephen Hammond MP, to discuss proposals to use the M1 hard shoulder as a live lane 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

The meeting will take place in Westminster and representatives from South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, South Yorkshire Police and the Highways Agency, along with a number of South Yorkshire MPs who have also raised concerns over the proposals are expected to attend.  They will discuss proposals for the managed motorway scheme between junctions 32-35a of the M1.  

Meg said:

“I welcome the opportunity to lead a delegation from South Yorkshire to meet the Minister and discuss our concerns with him directly.  As the Minister is aware, I am particularly concerned over the increased risk for drivers of vehicles that break down at night on what used to be the hard shoulder, as this would then be a live lane. 

There are a number of additional concerns about the proposals which my colleagues will wish to put to the Minister.  This meeting gives us all the chance to have a sensible discussion about the government’s proposals for the M1 in South Yorkshire.”

Proposals to monitor and control incidents through using CCTV coverage of the scheme are just one of the safety concerns, which Meg Munn MP plans to raise.  The Minister acknowledged in a recent letter to Meg Munn MP that:  “it will not be possible for every [CCTV] image to be monitored 24/7”, and that there is an increased risk for vehicles which break down in a live lane at night confirming:  “there is a likely increase in safety risk of around 200% related to vehicles that stop in a live lane during the off-peak period”.

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