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Motorways

Volume 87: debated on Thursday 21 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is his Department's assessment of the efficacy of current speed limits on motorways in relation to (a) cars, (b) coaches and (c) heavy goods vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

I am satisfied that the current speed limits are set at appropriate levels. The extent to which drivers comply with the limits was published in the 1983 and 1984 speed surveys and are available in the Library. I announced to the House on 15 November measures for the compulsory fitting of speed governors to coaches to ensure compliance with the speed limit.Although motorways are our safest roads, safety must ultimately depend on the general standards of behaviour by all road users, of which compliance with the speed limits is only one part.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of motorway in England are currently lit; if he will break them down by motorway; how many miles of motorway are planned to be lit; of those miles lit, in the case of how many the lights were installed during construction of the motorway itself; in how many cases the lighting was installed separately after construction of the motorway itself; and what mileage was involved.

Motor way

Length with lighting miles

Installed during construction miles

Installed after construction miles

M168·05·063·0
M32·01·01·0
M426·33·822·5
M547·017·030·0
M656·021·035·0
M116·26·2
M201·61·30·3
M232·62·6
M2541·038·52·5
M274·84·8
M401·01·0
M42
M5318·317·60·7
M546·56·5
M551·31·3
M568·98·9
M570·50·5
M585·64·80·8
M613·03·0
M6243·825·818·0
M6313·78·75·0
M655·35·3
M662·62·6
M672·92·9
M1801·11·1
M6024·34·3
M6212·22·2
Total376·5195·5181·0

I am keeping the extent of motorway lighting under review, and at the moment approximately a further 45 miles are planned.