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Can Britain’s motorways can cope with speed limit rise?

M25 Motorway

Could Motorways Cope at 80MPH

As the government prepares to launch a consultation on proposals to raise the motorway speed limit from 70 to 80mph later in the year, the Road Safety Foundation (RSF) have claimed Britain’s motorway network is “unsuitable” for the rise!

Having inspected all 4,350 miles of motorway, the charity has raised concern at the lack of crash barriers, claiming that only half the network had adequate barriers which would provide protection for motorists if they lost control of the car.

The RSA blame poor motorway maintenance for the predicament which has seen crash barriers left unrepaired after previous accidents, decreasing their effectiveness.

Underpinning the proposals for a rise in the speed limit -  which were announced by former Transport Secretary Philip Hammond last year -  was the general concensus that cars are now safer than they were when the 70 mph limit was originally set in 1965.

Should the Government press ahead with the proposals, trials would be carried out on selected parts of the motorway network later this year.

Edmund King, the AA’s president, has also weighed into the debate by sounding a note of caution. “Some stretches of motorway are more suitable for 80mph than others.

“If you don’t have adequate central reservation barriers, a hard shoulder and variable speed limit message signs then the road is not safe for 80mph.”

Author: Paul Wilkinson

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