An increased speed should also provide motorists with enough time to pull away from merging lorries and should also avoid tail-gating from lorries who are often reluctant to slow down to the 50mph. A higher speed limit also improves traffic flow and congestion through road works.
Average speed cameras on Motorways will be tweaked for a new 60mph limit, although the changes are not expected to come into effect until next year. The 60mph limit will not be seen everywhere however, as areas with narrow lanes, contraflows or workers close to the highway will continue with the 50mph. The RAC and AA have both supported the proposals with the prospect of improving traffic flow and safety, although unions remain concerned for workers safety.
At Paul Basham Associates Southampton we just hope these new limits are in place prior to the SMART Motorway works beginning on the M27.