An increase on speed limits for sections of motorway roadworks will cut journey times and help drivers feel less stressed, according to research. Highways England announced that the typical 50mph speed limit will increase by 10mph where safe to do so after a series of successful trials.
The first phase of trials carried out by Highways England considered both 55mph and 60mph speed limits. The findings showed that safety wasn’t compromised and customers preferred driving at 60mph.
Jim O’Sullivan, Highways England Chief Executive, said: “All of our research shows that road users benefit from 60mph limits in roadworks. They have shorter journey times and feel safe. We have a huge programme of work planned, so being able to use 60mph where safe will continue to improve everybody’s experience of our roads.”
Some sets of roadworks will continue to use 40mph and 50mph speed limits because of the road layout and the nature of work being completed.
Rebecca Ashton, of road safety charity IAM RoadSmart, said: “Previous research showed that drivers felt less stressed when the speed limit was increased in motorway roadworks. Allowing cars to travel at 60mph will help to separate traffic, avoid bunching, giving a quicker and less stressful journey.”