The Automobile Association Wants the Number of England’s Lay-Bys Increased

Lay-bys play an important function on England’s motorways, but not if they are too few and far behind. According to the Automobile Asociation, the number of England’s lay-bys would have to be doubled in order to coincide (and work well with) all the schemes related to lane running set by Highways England. In addition, doubling the number of these lay-bys would ensure safer travels for everyone, the AA says.

Doubling the number of these lay-bys would ensure safer travelling

Doubling the number of these lay-bys would ensure safer travelling

The experts speak

At the beginning of this week, Transport England released a report on those all lane running schemes. At the same time, the RAC also appeared in front of the TSC or Transport Select Committee to present evidence on the all lane running schemes.

The Automobile Association’s president, Mr. Edmund King, has also given voice to the committee that there wasn’t enough time yet to assess the overall effect of these all lane running schemes because the lay-bys on various motorways are still not enough. Mr. King further adds that the total length of lay-bys currently being used by motorists fall only at 2.5 kilometres.


Double the lay-bys for smoother, safer journeys

Mr. King states that many times, motorists have to choose between a lay-by or breaking down or stopping at a running lane – and this is not only nerve-wracking for the motorist, it can (and often does) lead to road congestion as well. Mr. King further compares the problem of a lack of lay-bys to waste paper. He says that if people see a bin, then most of them will throw their rubbish in it. But if people can’t see the bin, then their tendency will be to just throw their rubbish on the ground. The same is true for lay-bys, he says – if motorists can’t see it, then over half of these motorists would simply just halt on a running lane, therefore adding to congestion on the road. The problem with the lay-bys now is that there is just too few of them, so Mr. King would like twice as many set up with twice the current length as well.

Another expert, RAC’s chief engineer, Mr. David Bisley, reiterates that although the all lanes running programme has somewhat improved travel times, there are still some relevant concerns. The RAC would also like to see the addition of more lay-bys or areas for emergency refuse. Along with this, however, the RAC adds that it would like to see more enhanced enforcement.

Mr. Bisley mentions that most motorists will move away from a hard shoulder if the shoulder is closed, since they are already used to doing this. But on all lanes running roads and motorways, there is only a red ‘X’ over lay-bys, and this red ‘X’ is not as easily followed by motorists on the road.  




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Posted on 11 Jul 2016 in News

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