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Raising motorway speed limits: an opportunity to break the mould of consultation practice?

Tom Cohen, Centre for Transport Studies, UCL

In undertaking to consult on a proposal to increase the motorway speed limit to 80mph, the then transport secretary, Philip Hammond, rekindled a debate that occurs whenever there is to be a consultation on a significant change to the status quo.

Starting at the technical end, is there a right answer concerning what the motorway speed limit should be? Perhaps we should more properly ask whether there is a right way to generate and appraise options? Adherents of the Department’s WebTAG...

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