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M1: Speed Limits

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to introduce variable speed limits on the M1 motorway; what the timescale for introduction of such limits is; on which stretches of the motorway it is planned to introduce them; and if he will make a statement. (267372)

It is proposed that variable mandatory speed limits will be introduced on certain sections of the M1 motorway. The following table provides detail of the proposed stretches and the expected implementation dates.

M1 section/scheme

Implementation of variable mandatory speed limit

M1 J6A-10

2009-10

M1 J10-13

2013-14

M1 J25-28

2010-11

M1 J28-31

2014-15

M1 J32-35a

2012-13

M1 J39-42

2014-15

The purpose of implementing variable mandatory speed limits (VMSL) is to improve the throughput during congested periods, smooth the flow of traffic, improve driver information, reduce secondary accidents and improve journey time reliability.