Stopped vehicle detection upgrades
Making journeys even safer with radar-based technology
We're upgrading motorways across the country with technology which detects stopped vehicles. Every motorway where the hard shoulder has been permanently converted to a live traffic lane will have the new radar-based technology by the end of September 2022.
This new stopped vehicle detection will enhance the existing systems that work together to help drivers feel safe and be safer on motorways without a hard shoulder. Already motorways have a system called MIDAS (Motorway Incident Detection and Automatic Signalling) which uses sensors to monitor traffic volumes and automatically set signs and signals as the motorway becomes more congested. Our upgraded motorways also include technology, Red X signs which close lanes to other traffic when a stopped vehicle is identified, emergency areas that are set back from the road for drivers to pull into, and signs and signals which can alert drivers to hazards and change the speed limit, if necessary.
How it works
We will install new radar units at the side of the road to monitor the motorway in both directions, detecting vehicles that have stopped.
The advantage of this new system is that it is specifically designed to detect a stationary vehicle, typically in 20 seconds, and alert a control room operator who can see the incident on camera, close lanes and dispatch a Highways England traffic officer to attend to the stopped vehicle.
Using stopped vehicle detection means that there is a significant reduction in time taken for the control room operators to be notified of problems, to verify the presence of stationary vehicles and get help deployed more quickly.
About our roadworks
The vast majority of this upgrade work will be carried out overnight using temporary lane closures, with all restrictions removed during the day. We may need to cut back some vegetation to ensure the radar units can see the road, but we will keep this to a minimum and we don’t expect to have to remove any mature trees. Towards the end of the upgrade at each location, we may need to close the road overnight for testing and commissioning work. There will be clearly signed diversions in place and, again, we will remove all restrictions during the day.
Before we start work at any location, we will write to people who live near the motorway and to local representatives including councillors and MPs.
We will be delivering these upgrades in phases, and all upgrades will be complete by the end of September 2022.
|M25 J5-7 (M26 near Clacket Lane to M23 near Hooley)||South East||Already in place|
|M25 J23-27 (South Mimms to M11 near Epping Forest)||South East||Already in place|
|M3 J2-4a (Thorpe Interchange to Farnborough)||South East||Introduced December 2020|
|M20 J3-5 (M26 merge to Aylesford)||South East||Introduced March 2021|
|M1 J32-35a (Thurcroft to Stocksbridge)||Yorkshire and North East||Work started February 2021|
|M6 J2-4 (Coventry to Coleshill)||Midlands||Work started May 2021|
|M23 J8-10 (M25 junction to Crawley)||South East||Work started May 2021|
|M4 J3-8/9 (Heston to Maidenhead)||South East||Planned for 2022|
|M4 J8/9-12 (Maidenhead to Reading)||South East||Planned for 2021|
|M27 J4-11 (Southampton to Fareham/Gosport)||South East||Planned for 2021-2022|
|M1 J23a-25 (East Midlands Airport to Nottingham/Derby turn off)||Midlands||Planned for 2021-2022|
|M6 J13-15 (Stafford South to Stoke-on-Trent)||Midlands||Planned for 2021-2022|
|M1 J39-42 (Durkar to Lofthouse)||Yorkshire and North East||Planned for 2021-2022|
|M1 J28-31 (Alfreton to Sheffield/Worksop turn off)||Yorkshire and North East||Planned for 2021-2022|
|M62 J10-12 (M6 near Fearnhead to M60 near Alder Forest)||North West||Planned for 2021-2022|
|M1 J13-16 (Bedford to Daventry)||Midlands||Planned for 2022|
|M5 J4a-6 (Catshill to Worcester)||Midlands||Planned for 2021-2022|
|M56 J6-8 (Hales Four Seasons roundabout to Tatton)||North West||Planned for 2021-2022|
|M6 J16-19 (Stoke-on-Trent to Knutsford)||North West||Planned for 2022|
|M62 J18-20 (Simister Island to Rochdale)||North West||Planned for 2022|
|M6 J10a-13 (Essington to Stafford South)||Midlands||Planned for 2022|
|M3 J9-14 (Winchester to M27)||South East||Planned for 2022|
|M6 J21a-26 (Croft Interchange to Orrell Interchange)||North West||Planned for 2022|
|M1 J16-19 (Daventry to the Catthorpe Interchange)||Midlands||Planned for 2022|
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