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M1 speed limit merely an exercise in damage limitation

6 January 2014
Responding to the launch of a consultation by the Highways Agency on reducing the speed limit on a section of the M1 motorway, Sian Berry, roads and sustainable transport campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"We are pleased to see the Highways Agency is taking public health seriously and consulting on introducing a 60mph limit on a section of the M1 in order to reduce the impact of the road on air pollution. A 60mph limit will help smooth traffic flow and improve safety. However, as long as the proposal still includes plans to widen the road by opening the hard shoulder to traffic, this is just an exercise in damage limitation and will simply prevent air quality worsening, rather than providing any actual improvement."


Notes to Editors

1. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).