Call for pollution toll of M1 limit rejection

Sheffield MP Clive Betts.
Sheffield MP Clive Betts.
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A Sheffield MP is demanding answers about how scrapping plans for a 60mph speed limit on the M1 will affect resident in Tinsley - where air pollution is already a major problem.

Clive Betts has written to transport minister Robert Goodwill after the Government decided not to go ahead with the limit between 7am and 7pm between junctions 28 to 35A, including Meadowhall and Tinsley.

It was hoped the limit would mitigate extra pollution caused by the M1 becoming four lanes in each direction.

Mr Betts asked for an environmental impact assessment of extending the motorway and urged the minister to look at other measures to reduce pollution.

He told The Star: “The Government is showing complete disregard for the health and welfare of my constituents in Tinsley.

“There’s no doubt more traffic will mean more pollution in an area where the EU limits are already being breached and I want answers from the minister about what he is going to do.”

Mr Betts also urged Mr Goodwill to look at initiaitves in the Netherlands that cut motorway pollution as an example to follow.