Plan for ‘smart’ junctions to end gridlock on M25
A series of “smart” junctions are set to be introduced in a multi-million pound bid to cut severe congestion on the M25.
Traffic lights will be linked up to other parts of the road network in the effort to prevent motorists grinding to a standstill at peak times on the UK’s busiest motorway.
A hi-tech system would feed traffic information to lights at junctions on the motorway. If it is getting too busy, the lights can be phased to hold back traffic for different lengths of time.
Highways England believe the synchronised signalling will mean they will be able to respond to traffic build-ups more effectively.
The innovative plan is set to be introduced later this year, the Times reported.
It should mean vehicles will be able to flow quicker at quiet times – though they may be held at junctions when the 117-mile motorway is gridlocked.
Edmund King, president of the AA, told the paper: “Frankly there are too many junctions on the M25 and lots of the problems are caused by ‘junction hoppers’ who come on and off in the space of one junction and cause a domino effect when they brake.
“It needs to be managed much more efficiently and hopefully this will help things.”
The move forms part of a £150 million plan to ease congestion and improve traffic flows on motorways and major A-roads across the country.