Plans to restrict the speed limit on the M1

Planned limits on M1After an announcement of plans to restrict speeds on a section of the M1, drivers are being warned 60mph limits could be imposed on all motorways.

In an attempt to tackle pollution a planned 34-mile section of the motorway will see reduced speed limits, something the Highways Agency have indicated may be repeated in other areas where emissions are high.

During peak times the M1 between junction 28 at Matlock and 35a for Sheffield will see a reduced speed limit of 60mph between 7am and 7pm, 7 days a week.

This movement stems as part of the plan for the European Union Clean Air target, and is part of the "smart" motorway scheme, designed to improve driving conditions. Another change drivers should expect is vehicles using the hard shoulder as an extra lane through peak times aimed at easing congestion.

The proposal is not something welcomed by all with the Chairman of campaign group the Alliance of British Drivers, Brian McDowall stating "The Government should be raising motorway speed limits, not reducing them. Air quality is important, but it has improved massively in recent years and will continue to do so as newer, cleaner vehicles replace older ones."

He continues "The Eu's air quality targets must not be used as an excuse to reduce speed limits or abandon vital road improvement schemes. If this proposal goes ahead, it will be the thin end of a very large wedge. It should be scrapped immediately."

The proposed speed reductions are currently in a consultation period and any thoughts are welcomed by the Highways Agency before 3rd March 2014.

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