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UK's first car pool lane: Allows Solo motorcyclists!

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UK's first car pool lane: Allows Solo motorcyclists!

Post by cyberwolf on Mon Mar 24, 2008 7:46 pm

Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly has opened the UK's first motorway car-share lane.

The 5.33 million, 1.7-mile lane links the southbound M606 from Bradford to the eastbound M62 towards Leeds, bypassing a notoriously congested section where the two motorways merge.

The lane is open to vehicles carrying two or more people and is estimated that it will save road users an average of six to eight minutes per journey - 30 to 40 minutes a week for regular commuters.

It can also be used by motorcyclists, even if they are not carrying passengers, but will not be open to HGVs.

It is hoped that the lane, which will allow motorists priority entry on to the busy eastbound carriageway of the M62, will ease congestion elsewhere on the motorways.

Ms Kelly said the Government was looking into the possibility of introducing other traffic management measures on 500 miles of motorway across the country.

She said: "This new lane offers motorists the opportunity to reduce both their journey times and their carbon footprints.

"Currently, four out of five vehicles using this busy junction have only one occupant. I hope this new lane will encourage people to share their journeys, which will ease congestion, cut journey times and improve local air quality.

"The Government is committed to finding innovative ways to get more from our existing roads and improving journeys for motorists.

"We have identified around 500 miles of motorway as potential priority sites for new traffic management measures, which may also include more car-share lanes."

http://news.uk.msn.com/Article.aspx?cp-documentid=7853918

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