A: The hard shoulder can be used as a rest area if you feel tired
B: The hard shoulder is for emergency or breakdown use only
C: The hard shoulder can be used as a normal running lane
D: The hard shoulder has a speed limit of 50 mph
A red cross above the hard shoulder shows that it’s closed as a running lane and should only be used for emergencies or breakdowns. On a smart motorway, the hard shoulder may be used as a running lane at busy times. This will be shown by a mandatory speed limit on the gantry above the hard shoulder.