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80mph speed limit looks to be put on hold

80mph speed limit trial looks set to be abandoned Credit: ITV News Anglia

A plan to pilot an 80mph speed limit on the M1 in our region looks set to be put on hold.

Earlier this month Transport Minister Stephen Hammond suggested that a pilot scheme for the new speed limit could take place in the Autumn.

But in an interview with The Times Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

"Look, that's not a priority, to be absolutely honest. You would have to do trials in certain areas so it's not something that's a high priority."

The newspaper said Downing Street was understood to be wary of raising the speed limit for fear of alienating women voters.

Mother's campaign to keep speed limit

Liz Voysey talking to ITV Anglia.

A woman from Norfolk has started a campaign against potential plans to raise the motorway speed limit to 80 miles an hour.

For Liz Voysey from Dereham, this is a particularly difficult time. Saturday will be the eighth anniversary of her daughter's death.

Amy was killed by a speeding driver on a dual carriageway back in 2004.

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