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Roadworks 50 mph limit in place for far too long

Reported via desktop in the Roadworks category anonymously at 10:03, Thursday 12 August 2021

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later

On the St.Albans-bound A414 there is a general speed limit of 70 mph but one part is marked with temporary 50 mph signs, ostensibly because part of the hard shoulder is unavailable. It has been like this for at least 2 years with no sign of any works to fix it. I don't know how long a "temporary" speed limit is legally valid, but this one has been there far too long. In any case other 70 mph roads have no hard shoulder without the need for a lower speed limit. It is actually dangerous as many drivers simply ignore it, so when one slows down to 50 mph a lot whizz past at 70 or more. This temporary limit needs to be removed, or justified.

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  • Highways England have justified it as they claim there is a "substandard structure" there, and that if some motorists choose to break the speed limit that is not their responsibility. I still think the divergence of traffic speeds here is a safety hazard and that the limit is unnecessary besides being dangerous, but I don't know if anything further can be done.

    Posted anonymously at 16:35, Thursday 9 September 2021
    Still open, via questionnaire

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