posted 4 years ago

What is a Managed Motorway?

Let us solve one of the great riddles of our time... what is a managed motorway?

Let us solve one of the great riddles of our time... what is a managed motorway? For starters, the hard shoulder can be opened at peek times to create an extra lane. Managed motorways also use variable speed limits and overhead signs to improve traffic flow. These display six signals, as explained by Simon Elstow from the Institute of Advanced Motorists:

- A red cross without flashing beacons. The hard shoulder is only for use in an emergency or breakdown.

- A speed limit inside a red circle. It is absolutely mandatory and may have cameras enforcing it.

- A blank signal. Usual motorway rules apply.

- A white arrow with flashing beacons. This applies to all lanes and means you should move into the lane which the arrow points to.

- A red cross with flashing beacons. You should not continue to use the lane.

- A national speed limit sign is shown. The national speed limit, 70mph maximum, applies to all lanes apart from the hard shoulder.

Elstow said: “Managed motorways not only help keep motorways moving - they are also safer than conventional ones. Their numbers are set to continue, so brush up on your knowledge of the signs so you can get the biggest benefit out of the information they are giving you.”