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.
Slow traffic and one lane closed due to an accident on M1 Southbound between J12 A5120 (Flitwick) and J11 A505 (Dunstable).
The M1 is blocked southbound between J10 (Luton Airport Spur Road) and J9 A5 (Redbourn) , following an accident .
Two lanes closed due to accident on M1 Northbound between J12 A5120 (Flitwick) and J13 A421 (Bedford).
Two lanes blocked due to accident, four vehicles involved on M1 Northbound before J11 A505 (Dunstable). Delays are around one hour.
Two lanes are closed and traffic is queueing due to a collision between a lorry and a caravan on the M1 Southbound between J13 A421 (Bedford) and J12 A5120 (Flitwick).
M1 Southbound blocked, stationary traffic due to accident between J13 A421 / A507 Salford Road / Bedford Road (Bedford / Milton Keynes South) and J12 A5120 (Flitwick).
Highways Agency on scene blocking off all three lanes.
One lane closed and queueing traffic due to accident, a car and a lorry involved on M1 Southbound between J13 A421 (Bedford) and J12 A5120 (Flitwick).
One lane closed and slow traffic due to accident on M1 Southbound at J10 M1 near to the Luton Airport spur road.