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National Highways Red X Campaign

Posted in General News on Friday, December 3rd, 2021

National Highways has launched a campaign urging motorists to observe red X signals on smart motorways. When you see a Red X displayed above a lane it means that lane is closed and must not be used. When you see a red X above a lane National Highways urges you to obeyed by the following actions: 

  • Obey the variable speed limit displayed 
  • Move into the next available lane as indicated by the arrow (the sign may be repeated). 
  • Do not enter or proceed in a lane that has been closed by a red X symbol and leave gaps in traffic to allow other motorists to move into an open lane 
  • Observe any signs indicating the national speed limit is in place or that the restrictions have ended (do not move into a closed lane even if you have passed a hazard as there may be other dangers ahead 

It is illegal to drive in a lane when a red X is displayed and if you are caught you could receive a fixed penalty of up to £100 and three penalty points on your licence. In some cases, you could receive a more severe penalty or even face a court appearance.  Remember red X are enforced for your safety and the safety of other motorists. 

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