Hard shoulder safety fears to be discussed with minister

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A Sheffield MP who has led concerns about plans to open the hard shoulder of the M1 as a fourth lane has organised a meeting with a Government minister.

Meg Munn, Labour MP for Heeley, along with South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership and South Yorkshire Police are worried about the risk of crashes if vehicles break down and are seeking assurances on how it will be monitored.

Ms Munn and other officials will meet with junior transport minister Stephen Hammond to discuss their concerns next month.

Ms Munn said: “I welcome the opportunity to lead a delegation from South Yorkshire to meet the minister and discuss our safety concerns with him directly.

“As the minister is aware, I am particularly concerned over the increased risk for drivers of vehicles that break down at night on what used to be the hard shoulder.”