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Red X on inside lane of clear section of motorway preventing access to J6 sliproad

Reported via desktop in the Sign issue (NH) category anonymously at 11:06, Tue 25 October 2022

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 3913153.

The "Smart Motorway" signs were active to deal with a stopped vehicle in Lane 1 about a mile short of J6. The stopped vehicle was already being attended to by a motorway crew. The signs showed that the lane was still closed for several signs past the obstruction before the junction slip road, which was clearly free of obstacles, preventing access to the slip road. I've come accross similar problems in the past: joining the A38M, and seeing that lane 1 was closed, yet free of obstructions, and other lanes open. What should I do on such an occasion? I see similar inaccurate usage of the overhead signs at least weekly, where they don't indicate termination of the problem and restoration of normality, and I urge someone to manage this better, if motorists are expected to embrace this new way of using our highways willingly.

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  • For safety reasons

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted anonymously at 14:10, Wed 26 October 2022

  • Thank you for your report concerning Red X.

    Could you please report issues such as this to our Customer Contact Centre as this reporting tool is designed for defects such as a broken sign or barrier, litter, overgrown vegetation or potholes.

    Our Customer Contact Centre, available 24 hours a day at:

    • 0300 123 5000


    Kind regards

    National Highways

    Posted by National Highways at 08:37, Thu 27 October 2022

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