Vehicles can now travel at up to 60mph through roadworks where it is deemed safe for road users and roadworkers, and where shown on road signs.
Highways England introduced the new limit, a 10mph increase from the previous 50mph norm, following research and trials.
“All of our research shows that road users benefit from 60mph limits in roadworks. They have shorter journey times and feel safe,” said Jim O’Sullivan, Highways England Chief Executive. “Road users understand that roadworks are necessary, but they are frustrated by them. So testing 60mph has been about challenging the norm while ensuring the safety of our people working out there and those using our roads.”
Research conducted by Highways England found that using 60mph within roadworks on eight road schemes resulted in drivers saving on average (across all sites) up to almost 3,780 hours journey time each day. Although average speeds increased, more drivers stayed within the speed limit than when compared to driving at 50mph.
For more information about the 60mph within roadworks trials visit Highways England’s website