Motorway speed limits may be raised to 80mph  – UKMALAYALEE

Motorway speed limits may be raised to 80mph 

Monday 1 October 2018 1:02 AM UTC

LONDON Oct 1: Motorway speed limits could be raised to 80mph to boost the economy, Liz Truss suggested.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury said speeding up traffic could boost Britain’s flagging productivity.

The idea will prove deeply controversial on safety grounds and has been repeatedly raised and killed off for more than a decade.

Ms Truss waded back into the debate at a Centre for Policy Studies event on the fringes of the Tory conference in Birmingham.

She said: ‘I’d like us to look again at things like our speed limits on the motorway.

‘We have often toyed with the idea of raising it to 80mph, why don’t we look at that again?’

Speaking afterwards, Ms Truss said hiking the limit would lead to ‘productivity improvements’ because motorists ‘are wasting less of their lives driving’.

In 2011, then Transport Secretary Philip Hammond, now the Chancellor told the Tory conference the 70mph motorway limit was ‘discredited’, as he confirmed plans to consult on allowing it to rise to 80mph.

Ms Truss also risked infuriating her boss Mr Hammond, and Treasury officials, as she rubbished economic forecasts.