How smart motorways can reduce congestion


The UK government has launched a new class of continental-style “expressways” that will be developed as part of an £11 billion roads revolution.

It will create 400 miles of “smart motorways” - an upgrade of existing routes - with variable speed limits, the opening of the hard shoulder as a fourth lane at peak times and even the country’s first roadside Wi-Fi system to beam traffic information directly into cars, with motorways in the southeast being the first to benefit. These motorways will directly ‘talk to’ connected cars – which are predicted to reach 600 million worldwide by 2025.

INRIX’s recent study with the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) revealed that in the UK last year, almost 70% of the workforce commuted to work by car during peak times, with the average British driver spending 124 hours stuck in gridlock annually, and this is set to rise to 136 hours in 2030, equivalent to 18 working days a year.

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