Motorists allowed to drive on M42 hard shoulder

Motorists are now being allowed to drive on the hard shoulder of a stretch of the M42 motorway in a bid to ease peak-hour congestion.

Drivers will be directed to used the hard shoulder on an 11-mile stretch of the M42 from southeast of Birmingham at certain times.

A 50mph speed limit warning will be in force when the hard shoulder between junctions 3a and 7 are in use.

Motorists began using the hard shoulder at 7:45am on Tuesday morning. The Highways Agency said that the new system "went well".

Commenting on the new scheme, Roads Minister Stephen Ladyman said that the scheme was "an important part of a package of measures the Highways Agency is using to cut congestion in the West Midlands."


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