‘The grieving daughter of a woman who was killed on a smart motorway has called for the transport secretary to ‘end the madness’ of the new roads.
Saima Aktar, who lost her mother Nargis Bashir, 62, as she drove home to Sheffield along the M1, said government minister Grant Shapps needed to ban the hard shoulders that had been converted into live lanes.
Ms Aktar, whose family is due to sue Highways England for corporate manslaughter, said by speaking out she hoped Mr Shapps would be prompted to ban the new scheme and ‘speak the truth’ about smart motorways.
Calling for the minister to ‘end the madness’ of the new lanes, she told The Sunday Telegraph: ‘Mr Shapps must understand how devastating it is to lose someone because a simple thing like a hard shoulder has been removed and a motorway absurdly rebranded as ”smart”.
She added: ‘He needs to answer a simple question- does he have the nerve to speak the truth about smart motorways?’ ‘
Read more: ‘End this madness’: Daughter of woman killed on Smart Motorway calls for Transport Minister Grant Shapps to ban them – as family of another victim demands Highways England bosses face criminal charge