M6 improvement proposals ‘unacceptable’

The government’s proposed improvements to the M6 north of Birmingham to Manchester have been slammed as "unacceptable" by the Road Haulage Association (RHA).

RHA chief executive Roger King is alarmed that the UK’s most congested inter-regional motorway, seems to have been earmarked for hard shoulder running (HSR) throughout its 50-mile length as a way of increasing road capacity.

Mr King said: "We need this road to have extra capacity now, not by 2025 as this proposal suggests. And whether HSR is the solution for such an extended length must be open to serious debate."

His words suggest that he believes options such as building a fourth lane should have been given greater consideration.

The RHA is also "disappointed" at the time scale regarding work on the M1 Junction 19/A14. The time period 2010/2012 has been pencilled in to make "improvements".

Mr King pointed out that this junction has a reputation for accidents and congestion and stressed that it needs to be rebuilt as a matter of urgency.

Written by Trevor Coffee

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