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Liz Truss Says She Will Ban Smart Highways If She Becomes Next Prime Minister After String Of Deaths
Liz Truss indicates she will BAN smart highways if she becomes Britain’s next prime minister after series of deaths
- Foreign minister said her government would review smart road schemes
- In January, Grant Shapps ordered 100 miles of smart highways to take a break
- Roads without an emergency lane are three times more deadly to drive
- In the four years to 2019, 53 people died on smart highways
Liz Truss promised to investigate whether speed limits on highways should be removed if she becomes prime minister.
The foreign minister said she would “review” the radical proposal – and indicated she would ban smart highways.
She said her government would review smart road schemes in response to a question at the latest Tory leadership meetings at London’s Wembley Arena.
Miss Truss, when asked if she would allow drivers to choose their own speed limit, said: ‘On speed limits, we have to be willing to look at that. […]. I can’t give you an exact answer.’
She has previously touted the increase in speed limits and told an event at the Conservative Party Conference in September 2018 that she would increase highway limits to 80 mph.
Liz Truss vowed last night to investigate whether speed limits on highways should be removed if she becomes prime minister
She said her government would review smart road schemes in response to a question at the latest Tory leadership meetings at London’s Wembley Arena
Mr Sunak has already committed to ban new smart highways and ensure that all existing ones are improved with additional refuges and technology to identify stopped vehicles. Yesterday he said ‘we shouldn’t rule anything out’ when asked about energy rationing
In January, after a Daily Mail campaign, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps ordered some 100 miles of smart highway projects to be halted – but many more are under construction.
That’s despite a report in May showing that roads without a hard shoulder are three times more deadly to break down than roads with the guardrail intact.
Frost in talks to MP. to become
Lord Frost is in talks with local Conservative associations about a position as an MP.
The former Brexit minister revealed that he has spent several months talking about where to run for office in the country.
In an interview with The House magazine, he suggested he would try to leave the Lords for the Commons if he were appointed to the cabinet of the next prime minister. “I don’t think our system works very well for long periods of time if a senior minister isn’t in the elected house,” he said. “It’s basic fairness…that’s how the constitution works.”
But he added that he was “still thinking” about the move. Lord Frost, who backs Liz Truss in the Tory leadership contest, led the UK’s post-Brexit negotiations with the EU, but then stepped down as a minister last December over issues such as ‘compelling’ Covid restrictions.
The National Highways analysis also found that there were 53 deaths on smart highways in the four years to 2019, with at least 18 blamed to some degree on the roads.
During the storming last night, Miss Truss agreed that the pressure to build the highways needed to be reviewed. She said: ‘I definitely think we should review them and stop them as soon as possible if they don’t work. I don’t think the smart highway experiment worked.’
She also agreed to “examine” the suggestion to remove speed limits on motorways. Lifting the 70 km/h limit would bring the motorways in line with certain parts of Germany’s motorways where only recommended speed limits apply.
In 2018, The Telegraph said, Miss Truss told Conservative members when she was the Chief Secretary of the Treasury: ‘I would also like us to rethink things like our speed limits on the highway.
‘We’ve often toyed with the idea of raising it to 80mph, why don’t we take another look at that?’
Miss Truss ruled out energy rationing to deal with the cost of living crisis and stated that there would be no new taxes under her premiership.
Mr Sunak has already committed to ban new smart highways and ensure that all existing ones are improved with additional refuges and technology to identify stopped vehicles. Yesterday he said that ‘we should not exclude anything’ when asked about energy rationing.
Michael Gove paid tribute to Boris Johnson last night – just weeks after he was fired by him and branded as a snake by No. 10. During the Wembley quarrels, he said the country should never forget the achievements of the outgoing prime minister.
He was the man who delivered Brexit. He was the man who delivered the fastest vaccine rollout in the world. He was the man who stood resolutely next to Volodymyr Zelensky and the brave people of Ukraine when others faltered and dodged the fight,” the former minister told party members.