Calls for motorway speed limit to be raised to 100mph - and 80mph on dual carriageways

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Thousands of drivers across the UK have called for the speed limit to be raised on major roads in the country. More than 26,000 people have signed a petition to Parliament calling for the speed limit on motorways, including the M11 to be raised from 70mph to 100mph.

The petition also calls for dual carriageways, including major Cambridgeshire routes such as the A1, A14 and A47, to see their speed limit raised to 80mph.

Here in Cambridgeshire the petition has been signed by 23 people in Cambridge and a further 62 in the Peterborough Parliamentary Constituency. Elsewhere in the county it has been signed by 51 people in North East Cambridgeshire, 49 in North West Cambridgeshire, 49 in South East Cambridgeshire, 67 in Huntingdon and 50 in South Cambridgeshire.

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The petition, that can be viewed here, states: "Increase Speed Limits on Motorways to 100mph, and 80mph on Dual Carriageways. We think the current speed limit is too restrictive. The 70mph speed limit is 58 years old. Some modern vehicles have advanced safety features and faster stopping speeds. Faster travel could enhance reliability of supply chains and logistics. Adaptive cruise control and collision avoidance systems can enhance safety. We believe a speed limit increase will improve traffic flow, reducing congestion."

Petitions that receive more than 10,000 signatures are responded to. Those that receive more than 100,000 are considered for debate in Parliament.

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