If the trial proves successful it might become a permanent fixture
Highways England to raise the speed limit through roadworks on the motorway to 60mph when the roads are quieter and if the trial proves successful, it might become a permanent fixture.
On a Sunday and during less busy times, the speed limit will be raised to 60mph but will remain at the current 50mph limit when the roads become busier.
It’s hoping the trial will help reduce the frustration felt by motorists who have to drive through miles and miles of 50mph speed limits despite the roadworks being ’empty’ on quiet motorways and ‘A’ roads.
According to studies, stress levels increase during these periods amongst drivers but are shown to significantly reduce just by raising the speed limit by 10mph.
“People understand roadworks are necessary but are also frustrated by them,” said Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan, adding: “At the same time, we have to ensure as they drive through them that they and our road workers are safe.”
The organisation is also looking into whether it’s possible to raise the speed limit where roadworks are located further away from the main motorway carriageway. If so, different speed limits could be introduced on either side of the motorway but all depends on whereabouts the workers are situated.
Highways England have stated that safety will not be compromised in any way.
According to recent figures, every week in the UK there are around 300 incidents where drivers have entered coned-off areas, or thrown abuse or punches at road workers.
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