A bid to put the brakes on M1 motorists by slashing the speed limit to 60mph through Derbyshire has been thrown out by the transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin.
He branded plans to reduce air pollution by cutting speeds on a stretch of the motorway through the county as ‘not acceptable’, and said they would not be enforced.
He said: “Let me be absolutely clear, I want all motorways to run at 70mph. While it sometimes makes sense to use variable limits to keep people moving, blanket reductions are not acceptable.”
Plans to limit speeds from 7am to 7pm between junctions 28 and 31 and junctions 32 to 35a were slammed by business leaders and commuters when the Highways Agency put them out to consultation in January.
Chris Hobson, from Chamber of Commerce for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, welcomed the decision. e said: “There was an overwhelming response from local firms to the consultation and the majority of them said it would have had a detrimental impact on their business, so it is good to see their views have been heeded.”