New roads to be designed to stimulate drivers

Staff writer
File photo dated 16/08/13 of drivers on a motorway, as Chancellor Phillip Hammond will deliver his budget later today.
File photo dated 16/08/13 of drivers on a motorway, as Chancellor Phillip Hammond will deliver his budget later today.

In a bid to prevent motorists from falling asleep at the wheel on a dull, grey motorway, Highways England has announced plans to design roads with 'eye-catching vistas'. It's claimed that making roads more interesting to drive on could combat driver fatigue, and therefore increase safety.

Mike Wilson, chief engineer of Highways England said the plans would "create different vistas, different environments for people to consider." The picturesque additions would be implemented as part of £15 billion worth of road improvements over the next three years.