HC Deb 20 April 1990 vol 170 cc1034-6W
Mr. Gareth Wardell

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish for motorways in England a list of any sections where speed restrictions up to 50 mph have been in existence for periods of (i) up to one year, (ii) one to three years, (iii) three to five years and (iv) over live years.

Mr. Atkins

Mandatory speed restrictions for some motorway maintenance schemes were introduced in August 1988 for reasons of safety. Since then the following sections have been subject to speed restrictions for major (over £0.5 million) maintenance schemes. All had durations of less than one year.

1988–89 Section
A1(M) Barton—Burtree
M1 J4-5
M1 J14
M1 J40-41
M2 J5
M2 J5-6
M3 j5-6
M4 J12-11
M4 J16-18
M5 J9-11
M5 J24-25
M6 J6-7 (Thornbridge Viaduct)
M6 J16-17
M6 J29-31
M6 J34-35
M11 South of J7
M25 J24
M27 J2-3
M40 J5-7
M62 J37—Ouse Bridge
1989–90 Section
A1(M) Sprotborough—Alverley
A1(M) Warmsworth—Marr
Al(M) Aycliffe—Bradbury Interchange
M1 J9
M1 JI2-13
M1 J15-16
M1 J25—R. Trent
M1 J29-30
M1 J34 (Tinsley Viaduct)
M1 J37-38
M2 Park Pale—Thong Lane
M2 J4-5
M2 J5 Slip Roads
M2 J5-6 (2 Schemes)
1989–90 Section
M4 JI6-17
M5 JI-M6 (stages 1 and 2)
M5 JI6-17
M5 J20
M5 J25-26
M6 J16-17
M6 J34—County Boundary
M6 J41-42
M11 North and South of J5
M11 J12
M25 J18-20
M27 J8-10
M40 J5-7
M42 J4-5
M42 J6-7
M53 J1-4
M56 J6-7
M61 J1-3
M61 J6-8
M61 J8-M6
M62 J7-9
M62 J23-Scammonden
M62 J34-35
M62/M18 Langham Interchange
M180 J1-M18 (J5)
M180 West of R. Trent
M606 Bradford

In addition a relatively small number of motorway non-major maintenance schemes will have been subject to mandatory speed restrictions for the same reason. These schemes would be of short duration, considerably less than one year.

There have also been the following recent motorway improvement schemes where mandatory speed restrictions were in force:

Less than one year
M25 J10-13
M42 J3A
M56 J3-5
M61 J2-4
M62 J12-19
M62 J21-22
M63 J8-10
M63 J11-12
M67 J1-2
M602 J1-2
Less than one year to date, but ongoing
M1 J23A
M20 J8
M40 J7
One to three years
M5 J4-4A
M5 J4A-5
M5 J5-6
M20 J11-12
M42 J1-M5
M63 J3-5

There have not been any such restrictions lasting more than three Years.

There are payments speed restrictions on the following sections of motorway:

M1 J43-47 (50 mph)
M4 (London) Elevated Section (50 mph)
M41 Severn Bridge (40 mph)
M6/M62 Croft Interchange (40 mph)
M621 J1-3 (50 mph)
1 Mandatory speed limit imposed in 1986 during bridge strengthening and resurfacing work. This will remain in force until about the end of this year.

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