Motorway roadworks speed limit could be increased on Sundays

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Drivers may be allowed to go through motorway roadworks at a faster speed on Sundays and bank holidays.

Highways England has said it will test changes to the design and operation of roadworks over the next 12 months. It comes after earlier trials to raise the speed limit through roadworks from 50mph to 55mph or even 60mph.

Speed limits on the motorway are reduced when lanes have to be narrowed for roadworks, to allow workers to operate in safety.

However, this can lead to long stretches of congestion and many drivers feel the restrictions should be lifted when workers are not on site.

For example, the speed could be increased to 60mph on a Sunday if there is less activity taking place, and then brought back down to 50mph when road workers are working close to passing traffic.

Another possibility is having different speed limits within one set of roadworks, with higher speeds allowed when vehicles are further away from road workers.

Highways England figures show there are nearly 300 incidents a week of drivers entering coned-off areas or subjecting road workers to physical or verbal abuse on motorways or major A roads.

When the trials are underway, the agency will monitor the speed of vehicles and flow of traffic, look at incident data, and gather feedback from road users. It will also look at factors such as the width of the narrow lanes and the type of temporary safety barriers that are used.

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