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We've all been there, you finally get out of the traffic jam and on to a new stretch of motorway only to find that there's motorway roadworks and... you're limited to 50 mph.

Fortunately, the government feel your pain. Well, they feel the pain of motorway congestion, and they’re currently trialling a 60mph roadworks speed limit on the M1 in Yorkshire to see if it’s safe enough to roll out to all motorways.

If the tests prove that it is safe to travel 10mph faster next to roadworks, then the new speed limit will be brought in to effect in 2017.

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Transport Minister John Haynes said that roadworks should be limited to no longer than 10 miles, and that the number of lanes open during roadworks should be increased. This should come as good news to drivers as the government are still in the process of converting 4,000 miles of motorway in to ‘smart’ motorways.

If you look at sections like the M3 from the M25 to Basingstoke, you have 25 miles of roadworks with a 50mph limit.” Edmund King, President of the AA

Construction and road workers aren’t happy with the news, describing the changes as a “deadly version of Wacky Races”, however Haynes said that “safety is our absolute priority”.

With predictions showing that a 50% traffic increase is likely in the next 20 years, these changes could mean for less congested, clearer motorways. Let's hope that the safety of road workers is proven to be acceptable with the new speed limit.

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