A coalition of road safety charities and environmental organisations has launched a campaign against Government plans to increase speed limits on motorways to 80mph.
The ‘No to 80’ coalition predicts that the proposals will cost the economy more than £1bn annually, as well as resulting in more motorway crashes and casualties and millions more tonnes of carbon being pumped into the atmosphere.
The coalition is coordinated by Brake and also includes the Campaign for Better Transport, Greenpeace, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Roadpeace, Road Victims Trust and 10:10. They are calling on the Government to ditch its proposal for 80mph limits and instead set out how it will deliver social, environmental and economic benefits associated with improved safety and speed management on motorways.
The coalition is writing to Justine Greening, transport secretary, to request a meeting to review the evidence against 80mph limits.
Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive, said: “The No to 80 campaign calls on the Government to listen to the overwhelming evidence that raising motorway limits is dangerous, costly and damaging.
“Experts predict it would lead to more lives being cut short and more people suffering injuries. At the same time, the economic argument being used to defend the proposal does not stand up to scrutiny and the average driver will gain little to nothing in journey time savings.
“It is time the Government faced facts and withdrew these senseless plans. We are urging the public to join the campaign and say no to 80mph limits.”
Richard Hebditch, Campaign for Better Transport’s campaigns director, said: “There is no compelling case for increasing motorway speed limits to 80mph. While the Treasury might benefit from more fuel duty revenue as drivers used more petrol, for ordinary motorists it would just make for a more dangerous and more polluting journey. Any change to speed limits must support moves to cut collisions and carbon, not add to them.”
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