The Caravan Club

March 18, 2005 03:58 ET

The Caravan Club - M5 Motorway Lane Restriction Trial Unnecessary


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MARCH 18, 2005 - 03:58 ET

The Caravan Club - M5 Motorway Lane Restriction Trial
Unnecessary

LONDON, ENGLAND--(CCNMatthews - Mar. 18, 2005) - The results of the
Highways Agency trial on a section of the M5 at peak holiday times last
summer showed that caravanners are not the culprits when it comes to
holiday traffic congestion. Despite this the Agency today announced
another trial package of measures, including lane restrictions for towed
vehicles, which it will be implementing over the Easter Bank Holiday
weekend on this notoriously busy stretch of the M5 southbound between
junctions 17 and 19.

The package also includes variable speed limits for all drivers to
smooth out traffic flows. The Caravan Club expects that this could be a
more effective measure, as last summer's trial highlighted poor car
driver behaviour in lanes 2 and 3 leading to late braking and
'stop-start' conditions as the key contributor to congestion.

"Whilst The Caravan Club would support any initiatives which would help
our members to arrive at their holiday destinations in a safe and timely
manner, we can see no logic in imposing lane restrictions on
caravanners," commented Trevor Watson, Director General of The Caravan
Club. "The Highways Agency appears not to have understood the report
prepared for it by transport consultants, Atkins, into last summer's
trials".

Note to Editors

1. As Europe's premier touring organisation, The Caravan Club represents
the interests of over 850,000 caravanners, motor caravanners and trailer
tent owners. For more information visit The Club's award-winning
website at www.caravanclub.co.uk

2. The results of the Highways Agency's summers 04 trial are contained
in Technical Note 'Pilot Towing Vehicle Signing Scheme', 6 January 05,
prepared for the Highways Agency by Atkins Highways and Transportation.

3. Variable speed limits currently used on stretches of the M25 and
known as the Controlled Motorways system, have resulted in steadier and
less stressful journeys, and reduced the number and severity of
accidents.

For further information or to request an interview please contact The
Caravan Club Press Office on 01342 336768 or 01342 336664, (out of hours
press enquiries 07771 834443) or email press@caravanclub.co.uk.

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