MP’s debate on motorway plan

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SHEFFIELD MP Meg Munn has secured a debate in Parliament to highlight safety concerns over proposals to use the hard shoulder of the M1 motorway as an extra lane.

The Labour politician, who represents Heeley, wants the Highways Agency to make changes to their plans, which could include the hard shoulder being used 24 hours a day.

She said: “While I welcome proposals to use the hard shoulder in rush hours, plans for the M1 are very different to existing schemes, which use the hard shoulder in rush hours and alert drivers to dangers using overhead signs.

“Plans for junctions 32 – 35a would use the hard shoulder all day and have roadside signage. This has never been tried before.”