A bit of an odd move, you'd think they'd be pushing EVs more, rather than reducing the speed limit.
Its a year long trial as I understand it. On the M602, it passes through a generally residential area so I expect its needed. There is stretch of the A480 near Wrexham that has speed limits enforced with SPECS cameras, with the reason given on the sign posts to reduce air pollution.
You make an interesting comment. Perhaps when the trial is over, that will be the next phase. Electrics can travel at 70, petrol powered at say 50 and diesels at 40.
I do 25,000 miles/year commuting and have found a massive difference in fuel consumption between sitting at 60 mph and pressing on at 70 ish, hence I allow an hour for my journey and sit in the inside lane with the HGV's doing 58-60, it's much less stressful. I would hope that what would be gleamed from the trial is that using the smart motorway network the limit could be reduced at certain times of the day when pollution would be high, but then increased back to NSL during quieter times. There's also less accidents due to the reduced differential in vehicle speeds.
However ... now my daily commute is in an EV I'm sure they'll let me go as fast as I want to
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Everybody's journey would be quicker and easier if lane discipline was enforced......
Stephen, maximum 10 minutes, I can cut it by 15 minutes if the motorway's very light but it's not worth it, I'd rather sit at 60 and listen to a book!
But it does take a reconditioning of the mind to relax into the mindset of "I'm not in a hurry".
I often travel on the sections of the M5 and M6 mentioned, and for most of the time traffic is so heavy you’re lucky to get up to 60 mph. So nothing is going to change really.
True, but in quieter, camera free times the speed you did made a big difference, I can recall two trips at what now seem absurd averages -north London to my then home in a small village near Bedale in just under 2 h 30 m , an average of nearly 90 mph. My co conspirator was a bonkers Fiat Uno Turbo . And adn 80 plus average to Cadwell in a Golf Gti -not all on dual carriageways either. These days I go with the flow and listen to the radio...