For anyone that voted in my aforementioned petition, I have just received the following e-mail
UPDATE smart motorway
Hull, United Kingdom
12 MAR 2020 —
I hope you are all well.
I just wanted to let you all know that I have received a reply from the department for transport! Finally! They have acknowledged my letter, and they are going to be in contact shortly to discuss. I suspect they were holding back on replying to me until they had released their new agenda for smart motorways, which was released today.
288,541 have signed.
If you haven’t seen the new statement, in short, they are doing absolutely nothing positive in my opinion. They have decided that they will change the dynamic hard shoulders into all lane running lanes, to save confusion for driver. This is my mind is just smoke and mirrors, because the fact is we are still driving on a motorway with NO hard shoulder.
(Dynamic hard shoulders are when the hard shoulder is used as a live lane & can be turned on or off depending on traffic - ALR motorways do not have the option of a hard shoulder at all and are literally ‘all lanes running 24/7’. So they are basically scrapping what remaining hard shoulders we do have left, and are pretending they are doing it for our benefit!