Roadworks speed limits to rise

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Published on 28 July 2020 by Mike Waters

Highways England has announced that maximum speed limits through areas with roadworks are to rise from the current 50mph to 60mph where it is safe to do so and where appropriate signs have been placed 

The agency conducted a series of eight- to ten-week trials over the last 18 months to test the speed limit increase in response to frustrations from road users and found that “as well as saving time, more people are sticking to the higher speed limit, so bringing safety benefits”. 

Commenting, Chief Executive Jim O’Sullivan said: “All of our research shows that road users benefit from 60mph limits in roadworks. They have shorter journey times and feel safe. Road users understand that roadworks are necessary, but they are frustrated by them. So testing 60mph has been about challenging the norm while ensuring the safety of our people working out there and those using our roads.  

“We have a huge programme of work planned, so being able to use 60mph where safe will continue to improve everybody’s experience of our roads.” 

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