Major roads start cutting speed limits as drivers call for slower routes – ‘reasonable’

UK motorways: Highways England warns drivers of speed limits

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Drivers in the Midlands are being warned of an impending lane closure on a stretch of the M6, which will temporarily reduce speed limits. Steel barriers on the road are being replaced with concrete ones, which will result in the speed limit being dropped to 50mph.

This is set to last until the Autumn, with National Highways saying restrictions will be removed for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Many drivers in Lincolnshire are calling for the A52 near Boston to have its speed limit to be lowered from 60mph to 30mph.

Councillors will consider the introduction of the 10mph cut, but drivers want the speed limit to be reduced even further.

Many have called for a reduction to 40mph or even 30mph following six injury crashes in the past five years – two of which were fatal collisions.

A report to Lincolnshire County Council’s planning and regulation committee warned that lowering the limits could lead to further danger.

The report said: “Although lowering a speed limit will reduce traffic speeds it needs to be set at a level which the majority of drivers will see as reasonable and therefore adhere to.

“Limits set too low may lead to driver frustration and injudicious overtaking as highly inconsistent vehicle speeds make it difficult to judge the speed of oncoming vehicles.”

Middlesborough has also seen a number of changes to its speed limits, including a number of roads in the town centre being dropped to just 20mph.

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One of the main roads through the city, the A172, has had its speed limit cut from 40mph to 30mph.

A Middlesbrough Council spokesperson said: “This speed limit reduction from 40mph to 30mph is one of a number of changes to speed limits being introduced on roads across the town.

“These changes are appropriate to the characteristics of the roads in question, and to ensure our approach is consistent with the latest Department for Transport guidance on setting local speed limits.”

This comes as new research found that Tuesday experiences the most motorway closures, averaging 159 closures per week across the UK.

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