Proposed 60mph zone 'could pave way' for lower speed limit

Motoring campaigners have warned that speed limits on motorways across the country could be lowered to 60mph after the Highways Agency proposed this on a section of the M1. The measure is designed to improve air quality.

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Lower speed limit proposal prompted by EU restrictions

The Highways Agency proposed a 60mph speed limit on a 32-mile stretch of the M1 as part of an attempt to ease congestion.

The proposed reduction is part of the "smart motorway" scheme, which would involve the hard shoulder being used as an extra lane.

But the added volume of traffic would risk violating EU restrictions on air pollution.

Lowering limits would reduce amounts of pollution emitted by vehicles at high speed and reduce polluting traffic jams, the Highways Agency believes.

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