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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.