Candidate in speed battle

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A parliamentary hopeful is taking to the streets to find out what residents think of proposals for motorway speed restrictions in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

The Highways Agency has announced plans to cut the speed limit on the M1 to 60mph on a 32-mile stretch from Junction 28, near Matlock, to Junction 35A, at High Green, Sheffield.

Lee Rowley, prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for North East Derbyshire, said: “The proposed restriction would directly affect residents of towns and villages in North East Derbyshire, such as Grassmoor and North Wingfield, who use the M1 to commute to work, visit family and friends or to go shopping.

“The speed restriction could have a detrimental effect on businesses and harm North East Derbyshire’s economy. I’m going to be trying to get as many people involved in this issue as possible. I haven’t spoken to one person in favour and I think that is a view widely shared.

“The Highways Agency needs to think again.”