Motorway roadworks limit could be increased

The Government is considering reducing the length of roadworks permitted on motorways and increasing the maximum speed to 60mph.

The Telegraph says this will “help end the misery” of drivers caught by what the paper calls “stealth” cameras.  This is contrary to industry evidence suggesting accidents are significantly reduced when average cameras are implemented.

The Telegraph says Transport Minister John Hayes has “ordered Highways England to examine whether speed limits at roadworks can be “safely” increased beyond the current maximum of 50mph.”

It adds that he has also asked the agency to reduce the length of roadworks to a maximum of 10 miles and encourage more use of contraflows on the other side of motorways to reduce disruption.

Highways England is currently testing a 60mph limit for roadworks on the M1 between junction 34 and 35a near Sheffield in South Yorkshire.

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‘Stealth’ cameras? That’ll be those yellow things high enough for all to see, with signs telling you they are there…
The tragedy here is the number of drivers who do not appear to know what ‘average’ means.
If 60mph proves safe then great. Reducing the length of the works would be appreciated by me as a driver, but there will be an economic balance and a time implication for works. Would a longer restriction be there for less time than two consecutive 10 mile stretches?