The Government appears poised to abandon plans to introduce a new 80mph speed limit on Britain’s motorways, amid fears the move could lead to more collisions, according to the Telegraph.
The Telegraph says that Patrick McLoughlin, transport secretary, is determined to make road safety a greater priority and does not want to implement the 80mph proposal he inherited when he took over the job last September.
Increasing the motorway speed limit from its current level of 70mph was first suggested under Labour and was pursued by Philip Hammond, who, as transport secretary, officially mooted the idea in 2011.
Mr Hammond claimed the move would reduce congestion and boost the economy by “hundreds of millions of pounds”. However, road safety campaigners and environmental groups have expressed concerns about the proposal.
David Cameron and George Osborne are both understood to be “agnostic” about raising the speed limit and there appears to be no significant support within the cabinet, says the Telegraph.
A coalition source said: “There is no imminent announcement of a U-turn, but rest assured, there is no way Patrick [McLoughlin] is going to preside over a raising of the limit on motorways. You are likely to hear official confirmation later in the year."
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