Maximizing motorway capacity through hard shoulder running: UK perspective
Chase, P. and Avineri, E. (2008) Maximizing motorway capacity through hard shoulder running: UK perspective. The Open Transportation Journal, 2 (1). pp. 7-18. ISSN 1874-4478
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/1874447800802010007
New innovative ways to increase the capacity of motorways in the UK, without the need for substantial land-take and construction, are currently being developed by the Highways Agency (HA). One of these methods is Hard Shoulder Running (HSR), piloted on the M42 from late 2006. Based on interviews and content analysis of media reports, conducted before the piloting of the M42 scheme, this paper outlines the strengths and limitations of HSR as viewed by UK stakeholders. The paper considers the potential impact of the portrayal of HSR in the media, and discusses the informational requirements of UK drivers, paying attention to attitudes and behavior. It is concluded that there are a number of potential limitations to HSR, but relatively few reasons why HSR cannot potentially become successful and acceptable in the UK, as long as the correct level of information and driver education is provided.
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