On Friday I had the misfortune of being stuck on the M40 after it was closed between Banbury and Gaydon. It took me 3 or so hours to do 3 miles; however plenty of people felt they didn't have to wait and kindly used the hard shoulder to escape the traffic jam and continue their journey unhindered. This was miles away from the next junction rather than a couple of hundred metres before the exit. I sat and gradually got more and more annoyed watching these people scoot along. Obviously they would cut back into the inside lane when their progress was blocked so inconsiderately by some selfish so and so who had the audacity to use the hard shoulder when they'd broken down. Are these people justified in their use of the hard shoulder or am I right to get annoyed while thousands of others wait patiently?