I joined the above motorway at junction 5 travelling south.
The motorway was operating the TMS, which consisted of four lanes, i.e. including the hard shoulder.
As I came down the slip road to join the motorway, my lane had an arrow over it for me to join the slow lane of the motorway, no one would let me in, I had to remain in my lane and passed under the gantry, when I noticed a flash, I’m sure the camera flashed me.
The next set of overhead signals had ALL 4 lanes open including my lane, am I likely to be penalised?
And does anyone know this stretch of motorway between junc 5 - soutbound?
As I say, I know a camera flashed whether it was related to me, I’m not sure.
The flash was possibly for another car in lane one. The problem with this system is that its not often advised well in advance of the hard shoulder use. Add to this it is the nature of drivers to join the M-Way entering lane one and not to run the hard shoulder, goes against the educated instinct. Add to this the gantry sign is too close to junction 5...
When the ATM is in operation, you are allowed to use the hard shoulder, and you can tell because there will be a speed limit over the lane, as you pointed out. AS you join the motorway, you can keep to the hard shoulder, and you won't be penalised.
The system isn't 'crap': watch the signals, keep your speed below what they indicate, no problem - and the added advantage is that when everyone does the same, lo, the traffic keeps flowing...