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Highways England, the operator of English motorways, is to increase the basic speed limit at which motorists can drive through roadworks.

After extensive and innovative research and trials, the Highways England has confirmed that where it is safe for road users and roadworkers, and where shown on road signs, vehicles can be driven at up to 60mph.

That’s 10mph faster than the current 50mph norm.

The move comes in response to feedback from road users who said they were frustrated at not being able to go quicker. And the results show as well as saving time, more people are sticking to the higher speed limit, so bringing safety benefits.

All of our research shows that road users benefit from 60mph limits in roadworks. They have shorter journey times and feel safe” – Jim O’Sullivan, Highways England Chief Executive, said. – „Road users understand that roadworks are necessary, but they are frustrated by them. So testing 60mph has been about challenging the norm while ensuring the safety of our people working out there and those using our roads.”

Photo: West Midlands Police/ Flickr

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