USING THE MOTORWAY HARD SHOULDER IN CONGESTION TO ALLOW DRIVERS TO EXIT

At two pilot sites in Lower Saxony in Germany drivers are allowed to use the hard shoulder to leave the motorway at times of congestion. One site uses static signs to indicate when the hard shoulder is open for use by drivers, at the other site dynamic messaging opens the hard shoulder to drivers when congestion reduces the average speed of traffic on the motorway to 20km/p. This paper reports on the pilot and assesses the effectiveness of the two alternative approaches. Safety implications are examined and a cost benefit analysis conducted. This suggests that the investment involved in installing dynamic signing could make it difficult to justify unless the infrastructure needs are already in place. (A)

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    Hemming Group, Limited

    32 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London,   United Kingdom  SW1V 2SS
  • Authors:
    • Shahin, M
    • ENGELMANN, F
    • Friedrich, B
  • Publication Date: 2003

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00962617
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 3 2003 12:00AM