§ 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:
Section 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:
Section M1 J43-47 (50 mph) M4 (London) Elevated Section (50 mph) M41 Severn Bridge (40 mph)
Section 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.