MPs investigate smart motorways amid alarm over number of rescue worker deaths

Smart motorways are to be investigated as part of a wide-ranging review into UK motorway safety.

They were were first introduced in England in 2014 and are built and managed by Highways England.

They aim to keep traffic moving by converting the existing hard shoulder into an “active” fourth lane and controlling speed limits.

There are also emergency pull-ins, or refuges, in case a vehicle needs to stop, although campaigners say these are spread too far apart.

An all-party parliamentary group, chaired by former transport minister Sir Mike Penning…
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