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Government faces fresh calls to scrap smart motorways as people ‘more likely to die’ on them


THE Government faces fresh calls to scrap smart motorways as research claims people are “more likely to die” on them. 

A damning dossier by engineering consultants said drivers were three times more at risk if they break down in a live lane on carriageways without a hard shoulder.

Claire Mercer has campaigned for smart motorways to be scrapped after her husband died on one stretch on the M1

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Claire Mercer has campaigned for smart motorways to be scrapped after her husband died on one stretch on the M1Credit: PA

The study, commissioned by solicitors Irwin Mitchell, also said safety standards were compromised to cut costs.

It represents Claire Mercer, who has campaigned for smart motorways to be scrapped after husband Jason died on one stretch on the M1.

Claire, of Rotherham, said: “Smart motorways are deathtraps.”

And she added: “This report vindicates what I and other campaigners have been saying for some time.”

The report also highlights a lack of public consultation around the introduction of the roads.

Mother of 8-year-old boy killed on a smart motorway speaks of her pain

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