Speed limit rise on M42

* Hard shoulder running now 60mph * Rises from 50mph after trial * More schemes to follow...

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What Car? Staff
16 October 2008

Speed limit rise on M42

The speed limit will be raised on the hard shoulder of the M42 near Birmingham.

As part of the Government-backed 'active traffic management' scheme, motorists have used the hard shoulder during peak times to help congestion and decrease journey times between junctions 3A and 7 of the motorway.

The speed limit during hard-shoulder running had been restricted to 50mph, but from tomorrow (Friday, 16th October) it will be raised to 60mph, following a successful trial earlier this year.

Other hard-shoulder-running schemes exist on the M6 between junctions 4 and 5, and preparations for another will start next spring between junctions 8 and 10A.