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Roadworks making vehicles queue on hard shoulder at bust times

Reported via desktop in the Roadworks category anonymously at 10:55, Friday 26 February 2021

Sent to Highways England less than a minute later

. In short at busy times as traffic is increasing traffic travelling Southbound M18 from J3-J2 it is starting to queue on the hard shoulder as traffic is backing up due to single lane restrictions on the roundabout at J2. This has varying impacts, unless they are being instructed to use the hard shoulder its obviously an offence but more importantly there doesn’t appear to be any monitoring/warning for approaching vehicles. Those wishing to exit at J3 southbound are stopping in queues on the hard shoulder and as we know stopping on the Motorway is as dangerous as it gets, furthermore drivers are realising late at the end of the queue and are stopping partly in live lane 1 as they see what the vehicles stopped on the hard shoulder are for or they don’t realise and are stopping in live lane 1 at the point of the exit slip which is horrendously risky.

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  • Thank you for contacting Highways England about (issue raised).

    We have been carrying out a range of schemes in this area to improve safety which has included replacing and renewing barriers along the A1M and M18. We are aware off the congestion this is causing and have had engineers on site monitoring the traffic looking into how we can minimise the traffic. We will provide a further update to confirm when the work has been completed.

    Kind regards Highways England

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Highways England at 14:41, Tuesday 2 March 2021

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