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Transport secretary Ruth Kelly has announced plans to ease congestion in some cities by making motorway hard shoulders available for use, according to Reuters.

Transport secretary Ruth Kelly has announced plans to ease congestion in some cities by making motorway hard shoulders available for use, according to Reuters.

The new plans, which could be of interest to drivers have recently secured new car finance, follow trials of the scheme on the M42 in the west midlands and could now be introduced elsewhere.

However, the proposals have come under fire from some groups, including road safety campaign group Brake, who claim the scheme could damage the effectiveness of the emergency services.

"A few minutes' delay can make the difference between life and death for a person who is critically injured," said Cathy Keeler, head of campaigns at Brake.

It is thought that the government will address these concerns by creating more lay-bys for vehicles which have broken down along the affected roads and have said the scheme will be closely monitored.

In related news, the Times reports today that plans to widen the M6 between Birmingham and Manchester could now be shelved under new government proposals.


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