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What if the speed limit on UK motorways could be raised to 80 mph?

Her Majesty’s Government is evidently considering such a move:

Motorway speed limits could rise to 80 mph to shorten journey times and boost the economy under a radical review of road safety, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond signalled [Monday].

He is concerned that anti-car campaigners have for too long used ‘road safety’ as a convenient excuse to both stymie raising speed the limit on motorways from the current 70mph, and to push for more 20mph zones in urban areas — even when they are inappropriate.

Britain has some of the safest roads in Europe, and within that motorways are by far the safest.

Other European speed limits: 75 mph (Ireland, Spain, Portugal), 81 mph (France, Italy), none whatsoever (a few sections of the German Autobahn).

Disclosure: When I put this piece together, I was listening to Kraftwerk’s “Autobahn.” Yes, all 22-point-something minutes of it.

(Via The Truth About Cars.)

1 comment

  1. Jeffro »

    2 March 2011 · 9:03 pm

    That will have Joan Claybrook – well, something or other not pretty.

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