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New section of M25 'smart motorway' is now open

PUBLISHED: 08:11 01 May 2014 | UPDATED: 08:11 01 May 2014

A section of motorway on the M25 between junction five and junctions six and seven has opened after improvement work.

The 12 mile section of the M25 on the Kent/Surrey border is now part of a new style of ‘smart motorway’ which aims to deliver additional road capacity more quickly and at less cost than traditional road widening schemes, while still remaining as safe.

It will use technology, including nine gantries that span both carriageways, 10 refuge areas and 13 emergency telephones, combined with the use of the hard shoulder as a permanent running lane to ease the flow of traffic and reduce congestion.

Roads Minister Robert Goodwill said: “Motorways are the backbone of Britain. With around four million vehicles using them each day, they are vital to building the UK economy. This additional capacity on the M25 is part of the government’s record investment of £15.1 billion to provide over 400 lane miles of additional capacity by 2021.”

The work on the M25 has been carried out by Connect Plus. Work to convert the section of the motorway between junctions five and seven began in May 2013 and it opened on April 30 this year.

Chief Executive Officer of Connect Plus Tim Jones said: “I am delighted that we have achieved another major milestone on our journey to transform the M25, on behalf of the Highways Agency, into a high capacity world-class motorway with exemplary levels of safety and reliability.”

For more information please visit www.highways.gov.uk/publications/smart-motorways-campaign-material

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