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Road management / Maintenance, Road safety, All of UK

‘Little time saving benefit from 80mph’

Increasing the motorway speed limit to 80mph will generate few economic benefits because most motorists who want to travel at this speed already do so, says a new report.

“If driven speeds are already at 80mph in free flowing traffic for all drivers who wish to travel at this speed when they are able to do so, there is little scope for economic benefits from increased speeds,” says the Road Safety Foundation. “Economic benefits only arise if ‘80 means 90’ and...

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