Consultation over M6 variable speed limit plans

Variable speed limits could be introduced on the M6 in Staffordshire.

Draft regulations to introduce mandatory speed limits between junctions 10A and 13 have been published for consultation.

The Highways Agency plans to add extra capacity to the M6 by turning it into a managed motorway. This involves converting the hard shoulder to an additional traffic lane in both directions between junctions 11 (near Cannock) and 13 (near Stafford).

The extra capacity for the approximate 6.5 miles will be supported and controlled by variable mandatory speed limits, used to manage traffic speeds and help reduce congestion. The section from junction 10a to junction 11 – approximately 3.7 miles – will be upgraded to a controlled motorway section with mandatory speed limits.

Introducing the variable mandatory speed limits on the motorway requires new regulations. New draft regulations have been published for comment as part of an eight-week consultation which will finish on 30 August 2013.

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