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60mph limit proposal for M1 a ‘policy in chaos’

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Meg Munn MP has described government proposals to set up a 60mph speed limit for a 32-mile stretch of the M1 as a ‘policy in chaos’. The proposals, aimed at cutting pollution, would be in place from junction 28 up to junction 35a, with the restriction applying from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week. 

She has pointed out that it is illogical to try and reduce emissions with a speed cut when the government are encouraging more traffic with their plans to introduce an extra lane on the M1. This extra lane, proposed to be in use 24 hours a day, will effectively mean that a large section of the M1 has no hard shoulder. Meg continues to argue that the use of the hard shoulder as an additional lane to manage congestion should only be used during peak times, as is the case for the M42. 

Meg said:

“Following the debate I held last year, local MPs secured agreement that the scheme would not go ahead until the environmental impact study had been completed. As a result of that study the Highways Agency are proposing reducing speeds to reduce environmental impact.

Not only is the change in speed for this section of the motorway likely to be confusing for motorists,  without a hard shoulder the police will not be able to enforce the speed limits. This quite simply is chaotic.”

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