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Government to revamp smart motorways after safety concerns

Measures include abolition of dynamic hard shoulders and increase in refuge areas

An 18-point plan to tackle the safety of smart motorways has been announced by the UK government, including abolishing “dynamic” hard shoulders, speeding up detection technology for stopped vehicles and building more emergency refuge areas.

The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, paid tribute to victims of traffic collisions and campaigners for safer roads as he announced moves to “raise the bar” on motorway safety.

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