Plans for 60mph limit on M1 in South Yorkshire

M1 motorway near Sheffield
M1 motorway near Sheffield
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Motorists are being asked for their views on plans to introduce a maximum mandatory speed limit on the M1 in South Yorkshire.

The Highways Agency is proposing to implement a speed limit of 60mph between junction 28 at Mansfield and junction 35a at Rotherham between 7am and 7pm, seven days a week, as part of improvements planned for the M1.

Environmental assessments carried out on the planned motorway improvement scheme, where the hard shoulder will be used as an extra lane, showed there is likely to be an adverse impact on local air quality if the motorway continues to operate at the national speed limit of 70mph.

The improvements are due to start this spring.

A Highways Agency spokesman said: “Clean air is important for human health and the health of the environment which is why an improvement scheme may be operated differently until air quality levels sufficiently improve.

“Options are considered carefully on a scheme by scheme basis as part of the environmental assessments carried out on all projects ahead of any work starting.

“Smart motorways add extra capacity by converting the hard shoulder into a permanent running lane which is supported and controlled by variable mandatory speed limits to manage traffic and reduce congestion.

“The proposed maximum mandatory speed limit would work in parallel with the variable speed limits which would be set as part of the congestion reduction measures for smart motorways.”

Visit www.gov.uk/government/publications to register views on the scheme.

Call the Highways Agency’s information line on 0300 1235000 to find out more.