Variable speed limit on M1

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Dear Highways England Company Limited,

Could you confirm the variable speed limit between the time of 15:00 and 16:00 on 21/08/18 at M1-4620B J35-J34 Southbound and reason for any change from the 70mph normal limit.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Malik

Highways England, Highways England Company Limited

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Dear Mrs Malik

Thank you for your email of 3 September regarding speed limits on the M1 motorway between junctions 35 and 34. I understand you’d like confirmation of the speed limit set between 15.00 and 16.00 on 21 August 2018.

The information you have requested is information we make available to the public on a regular basis. Your request has been handled under normal business practices and not in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act/Environmental Information Regulations.

The speed limit at that time was 60mph. This was in place to maintain air quality levels throughout this section of the M1. The 60mph limit will be in place for five hours a day, between junctions 28 and 35a, at weekday peak times (07:00-09:00 and 15:00 – 18:00).

We expect the speed limit will be in place for as long as it is required for maintaining air quality levels. As engines improve, particularly diesel engines, we hope that the peak time speed limit can be lifted.

Outdoor air pollution is contributing to about 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK, according to the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35629034 ). We know that some areas close to the M1 already suffer from poor air quality, and we’re playing our part in making sure that the smart motorway does not make local air quality significantly worse for people who live, go to school and work alongside the M1.

The following link has details of the public consultation which took place prior to the introduction of the speed limits.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultati...

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Richard Smith, Regional Support Manager
Highways England | North East RCC | c/o Lateral | 8 City Walk | Leeds, West Yorkshire | LS11 9AT

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