Fewer crashes on ‘smart motorway’ stretch of M1, police figures reveal

Police in Derbyshire have been called to fewer crashes on a stretch of the M1 since it became a smart motorway with the hard shoulder becoming a fourth lane, it has been revealed.

Figures obtained by a Freedom of Information Act show Derbyshire Constabulary’s officers were called to 124 collisions between junction 28 at Alfreton and junction 31 at Aston near Sheffield in the year before the smart motorway was introduced.