Government Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has rejected plans to enforce 60mph motorway speed limits in a bid to cut air pollution, calling on the Highways Agency to devise alternative methods to improve air quality.
The Highways Agency had planned to implement 60mph limits on the sections of UK motorways, including a 32 mile stretch on the M1 in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire and a small section of the M3 in Surrey. The planned limits would come into effect between 7am and 7pm, seven days a week.
In a statement, Mr McLoughlin asserted his commitment to ensuring, where possible, that motorways operate at a 70mph limit, especially during off peak hours and weekends.
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