Speed limit on UK motorways to rise to 80mph

The speed limit on motorways will rise to 80mph, it will be announced tomorrow.

The plans will be presented as part of the Coalition’s attempts to boost the economy, with ministers arguing that shorter journeys on major roads will help businesses.

The new top speed has also alarmed safety campaigners, who said it will mean more accidents and deaths on the roads.

The plans will be confirmed by Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary, at next week’s Conservative conference.
He will present the move as a boost to British business.
He will also point out that the new rule simply brings the law into line with the reality on the roads.
According to the Department for Transport statistics show that half of cars exceeded the 70 mph limit on motorways last year and 14 per cent were recorded travelling at 80 mph or more.


Speed limit on motorways to rise to 80mph - Telegraph (external - login to view)
Social Darwinism at its best!!
One stretch of I95 in Maine is being raised to 75 mph.

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