Based on my quick calculation - a lot.They all keep banging on about how many deaths there's been on smart motorways, has anyone compared it to normal motorways and dual carriageways in the same period?
For the past couple of years with other projects we haven't really been anywhere and prior to that it was only as far as Manchester airport so I have avoided the 'benefits' of these improvements.
Last year we decided a cider and pasty based holiday was required and ventured south.
So we left the primitive, old fashioned M6 and hit congestion on the new exciting smart M6 (under construction), then head deeper into the fully functioning smart motorway network, which will ease congestion for future generations. After many hours sitting in near gridlock we got to the old fashioned (and free flowing) M6 toll, then back into SM gridlock.
Now I couldn't help but notice a pattern during this trip, which was repeated on the return journey.
I imagine SM deaths will largely be due to natural causes as opposed to RTCs.
This year we actually considered taking the train to the airport!!
Though naturally its cheaper to charter my own jet that can fly out of the local field than fares on another government success story.