UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak imposes a ban on smart motorways, citing escalating costs and safety concerns as key factors.
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has officially banned smart motorways in the United Kingdom, as concerns over their safety and mounting costs continue to grow. As reported by the Express, this decision comes on the heels of a series of worrying incidents and heightened scrutiny from the public.
Sunak’s ban on smart motorways is a bold move in response to the ongoing debate about their effectiveness and safety. The PM has made it clear that the welfare of motorists and the prudent use of public funds are of paramount importance, stating, “It is essential that we put the safety of our motorists first, while ensuring that taxpayer money is spent responsibly.”
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The ban follows a surge in accidents and fatalities on smart motorways, which has led to growing unease among the public and increased pressure on the government to act. Despite their touted benefits in improving traffic flow, these motorways have been marred by controversy due to the absence of hard shoulders and reliance on technology to manage traffic.
As part of the ban, no new smart motorways will be constructed, and existing ones will be reviewed for safety improvements. This marks a significant shift in UK transport policy, as the government now focuses on finding alternative ways to tackle congestion and maintain the safety of the nation’s road network.