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McLoughlin on 80mph motorway speed limit consultation

The government could be set to abandon plans to raise the motorway speed limit in England and Wales to 80mph.

Former transport secretary Philip Hammond said the current 70mph limit, stretching back to 1965, was out-of-date and started a consultation, which could lead to a higher limit in 2013.

But the current postholder Patrick McLoughlin said he would not do anything to risk road safety and that he had other priorities on his desk. He repeatedly said "wait and see" when asked if the plan had been dropped.

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  • 17 Dec 2012
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