13/09/2017 - Variable Speed Limit M1 J39-40 Northbound 20:00 - 20:10

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Christopher Haigh

Dear Highways England Company Limited,

Please could you supply me with information on the following site regarding the variable speed limit placed in force:

Where: M1, J39-40 Northbound, Site 990F, Site 4927A

When: 13/09/2017

Time: Between Hours 20:00 Hrs & 20:10 Hrs

Please could you provide me information on the variable speed in force limit during this time period? And if the variable speed limit was changed at any point during this time period? If so at what times were the variable speed limits started and changed?

Kind Regards,

Mr Christopher Haigh

Highways England, Highways England Company Limited

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Watson-Quirk, Sarah, Highways England Company Limited

Dear Mr Haigh,

I am writing to confirm that we have now completed our search for the information which you requested on 5th October.

Highways England records some signal data for operational purposes; however our database is not certified or calibrated to enforcement standards and it is not connected to the variable speed cameras. It may contain errors, particularly in the times at which particular speed limits were recorded, since (unlike the enforcement cameras) it was not designed to provide 100% accuracy. This means that the records we hold do not constitute legal proof of what speed limit was displayed, and could not be relied on in court for the purpose of challenging a speeding ticket.

We have consulted the information available in this database which indicates that on 13th September a reduced speed limit of 50mph was in effect on M1 Junction 39 to 40 between 20:00 and 20:10 due to roadworks. The signals were set from 19:39 until 20:36.

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Christopher Haigh

Dear Watson-Quirk, Sarah,

Thank you for the information supplied.

Please can you confirm if the variable speed limit was set at 60mph during any point in this time period outlined by you?

Yours sincerely,

Christopher Haigh

Watson-Quirk, Sarah, Highways England Company Limited

Dear Mr Haigh

The speed limit was set to 50mph for the period identified below.



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