Speed limit on part of M3 motorway could be reduced to 60mph

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Plans to reduce the speed limit to 60mph on another stretch of motorway have been announced.

The latest proposal, from the Highways Agency (HA), affects a three-mile section of the M3 between junction 3 at Lightwater in Surrey and junction 4 near Farnborough.

This section is part of a 13.4-mile stretch that is being upgraded in a £174 million scheme, with the 60mph proposal, to operate between 7am and 7pm daily so air quality levels can be met, now going out for consultation.

Last month the HA announced a consultation, also on air quality grounds, on introducing a 60mph speed limit for a 32-mile stretch of the M1 from junction 28, near Matlock in Derbyshire, to junction 35a, north of Rotherham in South Yorkshire.

On the M3 scheme, the HA said the upgrade, with extra lanes being added, would ''see motorists have more reliable and free-flowing journeys and save time going in and out of London''.

Roads Minister Robert Goodwill said: ''The M3 is heavily congested and the introduction of this smart motorway will help improve journey times by smoothing traffic flow.''

The agency said improvements in vehicle technology were expected to remove the need for any speed restriction due to air quality on this part of the M3 within four years.

But motoring organisations questioned the plans.

AA president Edmund King said: ''The AA believes that the extra capacity is required and that ironically 60mph speeds at peak times would actually speed up journeys.

''However a majority of drivers question whether reducing motorway speeds will make any difference to air pollution as 69% see lorries as the main culprit.''

RAC technical director David Bizley said: ''Coming hot on the heels of the M1 announcement, the M3 plan invites the question as to whether any of the eight other planned all-lane running, smart motorway schemes which the Government have heavily invested in will also need to have reduced speed limits put in place to protect air quality.''

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12:20pm Thu 13 Feb 14

SteveinTotton says...

Be building a cycle path on it next.
Be building a cycle path on it next. SteveinTotton
  • Score: 17

12:44pm Thu 13 Feb 14

manic75 says...

They can introduce whatever they wish. I'll choose whether I comply.
They can introduce whatever they wish. I'll choose whether I comply. manic75
  • Score: -13

12:45pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Zeo says...

We need better railways not more road crap - many disused lines in Hampshire that could help relief cars on the road.
We need better railways not more road crap - many disused lines in Hampshire that could help relief cars on the road. Zeo
  • Score: 5

1:09pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Micle1974 says...

Maybe they should think about reducing the speed limit on the M271 ?
to reduce all the accidents that happen when approaching the Redbridge roundabout too fast?

ALSO
They should try and drive further south down the M3 between Winchester - Eastleigh - Winchester should be upgraded.....or better signage to direct drivers to get in lane at Eastleigh sooner (south)
Maybe they should think about reducing the speed limit on the M271 ? to reduce all the accidents that happen when approaching the Redbridge roundabout too fast? ALSO They should try and drive further south down the M3 between Winchester - Eastleigh - Winchester should be upgraded.....or better signage to direct drivers to get in lane at Eastleigh sooner (south) Micle1974
  • Score: 4

1:20pm Thu 13 Feb 14

CrossofLorraine says...

I'd love to drive at 60mph on this section of the M3, I'd get to work a lot quicker. The reality is that you're lucky if you get above 20mph at peak hours due to sheer volume of traffic on this section of the M3 - which is the problem behind the air pollution and changing speed limit will make no difference to the stop'n'go traffic jam we all endure 5 days a week. I suspect there's no issue with air pollution at the weekend when you can actually travel at 70mph.
I'd love to drive at 60mph on this section of the M3, I'd get to work a lot quicker. The reality is that you're lucky if you get above 20mph at peak hours due to sheer volume of traffic on this section of the M3 - which is the problem behind the air pollution and changing speed limit will make no difference to the stop'n'go traffic jam we all endure 5 days a week. I suspect there's no issue with air pollution at the weekend when you can actually travel at 70mph. CrossofLorraine
  • Score: 25

1:58pm Thu 13 Feb 14

jackois says...

"Roads Minister Robert Goodwill said: ''The M3 is heavily congested and the introduction of this smart motorway will help improve journey times by smoothing traffic flow.''"

What exactly makes this a 'smart' motorway?
"Roads Minister Robert Goodwill said: ''The M3 is heavily congested and the introduction of this smart motorway will help improve journey times by smoothing traffic flow.''" What exactly makes this a 'smart' motorway? jackois
  • Score: 11

2:37pm Thu 13 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

40 mph would be better
40 mph would be better bigfella777
  • Score: -13

2:41pm Thu 13 Feb 14

acid drop says...

bigfella777 wrote:
40 mph would be better
Or how about thirty?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: 40 mph would be better[/p][/quote]Or how about thirty? acid drop
  • Score: -12

4:23pm Thu 13 Feb 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

manic75 wrote:
They can introduce whatever they wish. I'll choose whether I comply.
I guess the more points you get on your licence the slower you will go? If you are like most selfish idiots, you will probably chose to ignor it, as you speed to the scene of an accident?
[quote][p][bold]manic75[/bold] wrote: They can introduce whatever they wish. I'll choose whether I comply.[/p][/quote]I guess the more points you get on your licence the slower you will go? If you are like most selfish idiots, you will probably chose to ignor it, as you speed to the scene of an accident? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 2

5:44pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Crazywolf says...

To get back to the story, the plan is to have a 'smart' motorway which, translated into English, means they will open up the hard shoulder to traffic in busy times making it a 4 lane motorway. This should (but probably won't) allow the traffic to flow more smoothly and might even allow speeds to reach 60! The problem I have is that if they fix the speed to 60 even in quiet periods then they will just actually cause more problems
To get back to the story, the plan is to have a 'smart' motorway which, translated into English, means they will open up the hard shoulder to traffic in busy times making it a 4 lane motorway. This should (but probably won't) allow the traffic to flow more smoothly and might even allow speeds to reach 60! The problem I have is that if they fix the speed to 60 even in quiet periods then they will just actually cause more problems Crazywolf
  • Score: 5

9:19pm Thu 13 Feb 14

befriendly says...

So they're going to slow the traffic to 60 because of air pollution and widen the motorway to get more traffic on it. That seems the normal, illogical highways management thinking.
So they're going to slow the traffic to 60 because of air pollution and widen the motorway to get more traffic on it. That seems the normal, illogical highways management thinking. befriendly
  • Score: 1

11:14am Sat 15 Feb 14

richieroo says...

befriendly wrote:
So they're going to slow the traffic to 60 because of air pollution and widen the motorway to get more traffic on it. That seems the normal, illogical highways management thinking.
Slow it to 60 mph at peak times?. You're lucky to do 06 mph at peak times on that stretch lmfao!!. :-D
[quote][p][bold]befriendly[/bold] wrote: So they're going to slow the traffic to 60 because of air pollution and widen the motorway to get more traffic on it. That seems the normal, illogical highways management thinking.[/p][/quote]Slow it to 60 mph at peak times?. You're lucky to do 06 mph at peak times on that stretch lmfao!!. :-D richieroo
  • Score: 0

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