There is a new addition to smart motorways being trialled on the M3 in Surrey. A new-style emergency refuge area (ERA) has been introduced to make it more visible and encourage drivers to only use them in emergency situations.


The trial commenced on July 14 and the newly designed ERA’s surface is coloured orange for high visibility. Improved road signs also make it clearer and more obvious to motorists. If the trial is successful, Highways England plans on more upgrades.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: "Smart motorways are adding extra lanes to our busiest motorways and – as recent evidence shows – reducing the rate of crashes.

"We are making emergency refuge areas more visible to ensure motorists in trouble can easily identify where to stop safely."