Motorists oppose plan to lower speed limit on M1 in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire

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More than two-thirds of motorists want the brakes applied to plans to cut speed limits on the M1 according to a new poll.

A web-based survey by car supermarket Motorpoint – sponsors of Sheffield Arena – found 78.1 per cent of drivers oppose the government’s proposals to restrict speeds on a section of the motorway to 60mph.

More than 4,100 people participated in the poll.

The Highways Agency recently revealed plans to reduce the speed limit on a 34-mile section of the M1 throughDerbyshire and South Yorkshire.

It would see the limit cut from 70mph to 60mph between 7am and 7pm from 2015 onwards as part of a drive to meet clean-air targets.

Mark Carpenter, Motorpoint managing director, said: “The results of our poll are definitive – drivers don’t want to go any slower on motorways.

“Rather, they want to get their destination quicker.

“The Government needs to be focusing its efforts on using the motorway ‘smarter’ rather than harder, adding lanes wherever possible to free up traffic and avoid costly queues.

“Motorists are already doing their bit for the environment by buying greener cars in record numbers and the Government needs to respond in kind rather than introducing measures that will only contribute to making our motorways even slower.”