*maybe increased, and if so, only on Sundays!
Highways England are going to test the idea of increasing the speed limit through roadworks during quieter times, such as Sundays.
We all get frustrated with roadworks, after-all, we love to hate them. We accept that our roads need to be repaired, improved or new ones built but when it affects our journey we get frustrated.
Whats more, when we don't know what is going on, or why the road is being dug up again, it can be even more annoying. Then, when we drive through them and no one is working, why is the lower speed limit still applicable?
Well, most of the time this is for safety, this is paramount, the lanes are narrower, there is no hard-shoulder etc. and so less areas for stricken vehicles to stop. Highways England reported that there were nearly 300 incidents a week where vehicles entered coned off areas or road workers were subjected to physical or verbal abuse! So keeping vehicles at a lower speed, (which amongst other things, enables a smoother flow of traffic), when the road workers are present is a no-brainer.
However, increasing the speed to 60mph when no work is taking place may appease driver's and reduce the frustration associated with roadworks. If the study is deemed successful then the increased speed limit could come into effect towards the end of 2018 or beginning of 2019. For more information see https://highwaysengland.co.uk/5560mph-speed-limit-through-roadworks-trial-reports/
But why sit in the roadworks if you can avoid them by knowing where they are before you travel? We have developed roadzwork to do just that. The roadzwork app will let you know about roadworks on your local, regular routes prior to your travel and the information is tailored for you. The roadzwork app will be available nationwide shortly.
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