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Transport secretary Ruth Kelly has opened the country's first car share lane, something that may prove to be good news for car insurance holders and other road users.
The lane is a 1.7-mile stretch linking the southbound M606 near Bradford to the eastbound M62 towards Leeds.
Built by the Highways Agency and intended for cars, vans or taxis with two or more occupants, as well as minibuses, coaches, buses and motorcycles (the latter with passengers or not), it is expected to shave at least 30 minutes a week off journey times for regular commuters.
"Currently, four out of five vehicles using this busy junction have only one occupant. I hope this new lane will encourage people to share their journeys, which will ease congestion, cut journey times and improve local air quality," Ms Kelly said.
Work on the car share lane began in October last year and has been completed on time and budget.
The opening of the car share lane follows the recent decision by the government to raise the speed limit for hard shoulder running on the M42 from 50mph to 60mph.