Roadwork Speed Limit Raised to 60mph by Highways England

In an effort to ease frustration, cut journey times and improve road safety, Highways England has raised the national speed limit through motorway roadworks from 50mph to 60mph. The change is set to take effect immediately on certain motorways across the country.

The change in the national speed limit comes after trials in eight different roadwork zones saved drivers an average of 3,780 hours journey time per day. Following the approval of the workforces on the stretches of the M1, M6 and M4 that held the trials for around eight weeks, Highways England chose to retain the 60mph limit. 

Whilst the national speed limit through roadworks has been raised, there are three scenarios where the new limit will be introduced:

  • Permanent – which allows for 60mph driving at all times,
  • Contraflow – which imposes a 60mph limit on stretches of road where activity isn’t taking place,
  • Dynamic – which lifts the speed limit to 60mph only on non-working days

    The raised speed limit will be a welcome change to road users, especially given the government’s recent pledge of £1.7billion to accelerate the repairing of local roads and £175million to fast-track work on major roads and rail networks.
  • Speaking of the change, Jim O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of Highways England, said:

    “All of our research shows that road users benefit from the 60mph limits in roadworks. They have shorter journey times and feel safe.

    “We have a huge programme of work planned, so being able to use 60mph where safe will continue to improve everybody’s experience of our roads.”

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