MPs to launch inquiry into smart motorways
This comes after the motorways were labelled as an "ongoing risk of future deaths".
The Transport Committee has launched an investigation into the smart motorways, following reports that the number of deaths on these motorways have risen from 5 in 2017 and 11 in 2018 to 14 in 2020.
This news comes following the announcement that developer of smart motorways Highways England was referred to CPS earlier this month to face charges of corporate manslaughter, specifically the death of a woman in 2018 who was struck by her own car on a smart motorway section of the M1 after it was hit by another vehicle.
The chair of the Transport Committee Huw Merriman MP stated, “This message isn’t reaching the public, whose confidence in smart motorways has been dented by increasing fatalities on these roads. There are genuine worries about this element of the motorway network and we want to investigate how we got to this point.”
A spokesperson for the Department for Transport has stated that the department "welcomed the important inquiry" and has plans to provide written evidence.