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Motorways (Speed Restrictions)

Volume 170: debated on Friday 20 April 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish for motorways in England a list of any sections where speed restrictions up to 50 mph have been in existence for periods of (i) up to one year, (ii) one to three years, (iii) three to five years and (iv) over live years.

Mandatory speed restrictions for some motorway maintenance schemes were introduced in August 1988 for reasons of safety. Since then the following sections have been subject to speed restrictions for major (over £0·5 million) maintenance schemes. All had durations of less than one year.

1988–89Section
A1(M)Barton—Burtree
M1J4-5
M1J14
M1J40-41
M2J5
M2J5-6
M3j5-6
M4J12-11
M4J16-18
M5J9-11
M5J24-25
M6J6-7 (Thornbridge Viaduct)
M6J16-17
M6J29-31
M6J34-35
M11South of J7
M25J24
M27J2-3
M40J5-7
M62J37—Ouse Bridge
1989–90Section
A1(M)Sprotborough—Alverley
A1(M)Warmsworth—Marr
Al(M)Aycliffe—Bradbury Interchange
M1J9
M1JI2-13
M1J15-16
M1J25—R. Trent
M1J29-30
M1J34 (Tinsley Viaduct)
M1J37-38
M2Park Pale—Thong Lane
M2J4-5
M2J5 Slip Roads
M2J5-6 (2 Schemes)
1989–90Section
M4JI6-17
M5JI-M6 (stages 1 and 2)
M5JI6-17
M5J20
M5J25-26
M6J16-17
M6J34—County Boundary
M6J41-42
M11North and South of J5
M11J12
M25J18-20
M27J8-10
M40J5-7
M42J4-5
M42J6-7
M53J1-4
M56J6-7
M61J1-3
M61J6-8
M61J8-M6
M62J7-9
M62J23-Scammonden
M62J34-35
M62/M18Langham Interchange
M180J1-M18 (J5)
M180West of R. Trent
M606Bradford
In addition a relatively small number of motorway non-major maintenance schemes will have been subject to mandatory speed restrictions for the same reason. These schemes would be of short duration, considerably less than one year.There have also been the following recent motorway improvement schemes where mandatory speed restrictions were in force:

Section
Less than one year
M25J10-13
M42J3A
M56J3-5
M61J2-4
M62J12-19
M62J21-22
M63J8-10
M63J11-12
M67J1-2
M602J1-2
Less than one year to date, but ongoing
M1J23A
M20J8
M40J7
One to three years
M5J4-4A
M5J4A-5
M5J5-6
M20J11-12
M42J1-M5
M63J3-5
There have not been any such restrictions lasting more than three Years.There are payments speed restrictions on the following sections of motorway:

Section
M1J43-47 (50 mph)
M4 (London)Elevated Section (50 mph)
M41Severn Bridge (40 mph)
Section
M6/M62Croft Interchange (40 mph)
M621J1-3 (50 mph)
1 Mandatory speed limit imposed in 1986 during bridge strengthening and resurfacing work. This will remain in force until about the end of this year.