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Drivers back use of hard shoulder

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As many as half of drivers support the idea of cars driving along motorway hard shoulders in a bid to ease congestion at busy times, according to a survey.

But almost three in five of the 12,000 AA members polled are against a plan to charge solo drivers for using hard shoulder lanes.

Some 29% were opposed to the idea of "hard shoulder running" which has been piloted on the M42 in the West Midlands.

Government plans announced last month proposed making more use of hard shoulder running on English motorways.

Most opposition to this from AA members polled was from those aged over 65, of whom 38% were against the idea. Most support (56%) came from the 18-24 age group.

The Government is also considering the introduction of pay lanes on motorways. These lanes would either be additional ones to ease congestion or high-occupancy vehicle lanes which drivers could be charged to use if they are on their own.

The poll, by the AA in association with Populus, showed 53% opposing new pay lanes (a third were strongly opposed) and 58% opposed to paying a toll to use a car share lane when alone (38% were strongly opposed).

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