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    Quote Originally Posted by RiceBurner View Post
    That was the US 55mph limit.
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    "Following a series of serious motorway multiple crashes in the fog in 1965, Tom Fraser, the then Minister of Transport, following consultations in early November with the police and with the National Road Safety Advisory Council (NRSAC), concluded that the crashes were caused by vehicles travelling too fast for the prevailing conditions. The NRSAC advised that a 20 mph (32 km/h) motorway speed limit should be imposed on motorway stretches affected by fog and that a general speed limit of 70 mph (113 km/h) should be experimentally applied for the winter months.[58]

    On 25 November 1965 the government announced that a temporary 30 mph (48 km/h) speed limit would be applied to sections of motorway (there were 350 miles (560 km) of it at that time) affected by fog, ice or snow and that a general maximum speed limit of 70 mph (113 km/h) would be applied to all otherwise unrestricted roads, including motorways, for a trial period of four months starting just before Christmas.[12] The four-month trial 70 mph (113 km/h) speed limit on 100,000 miles (160,000 km) of previously unrestricted roads and motorways was introduced at noon on 22 December 1965.[59] Also on that day, the power for the police to apply advisory speed limits of 30 mph (48 km/h) to motorways affected by bad weather was also introduced. The advisory limit was activated by the use of flashing amber lights placed at 1 mile (1.6 km) intervals along the motorways.[59]

    In April 1966 Barbara Castle, the new Minister of Transport, decided to extend the experimental 70 mph (113 km/h) limit for a further two months to allow the Road Research Laboratory (RRL) time to collect data as there was still no conclusive evidence of its effectiveness.[60] In May 1966 Barbara Castle extended the experimental period by a further fifteen months to 3 September 1967 as "the case is not proven" but there were signs of crash rate reduction.[61]

    In July 1966 the speed limit for "public service vehicles" (notably buses) was raised from 40 mph (64 km/h) to 50 mph (80 km/h).[62] During 1966, the highest number of fatalities during peacetime at 7,985 deaths, was recorded.[n 8]

    In July 1967, Castle announced that 70 mph (113 km/h) was to become the permanent maximum speed limit for all roads and motorways. She had accepted RRL evidence that the speed limit had reduced the number of casualties on motorways.

    Due to the 1973 oil crisis, a temporary maximum national speed limit of 50 mph (80 km/h) for all roads, including motorways, was introduced on 8 December 1973.[17] The 70 mph (113 km/h) limit was restored on motorways in March 1974 and on all other roads on 8 May 1974.[65]

    As an initiative to reduce energy consumption, the national speed limits for otherwise unrestricted single-carriageway and dual-carriageway roads were temporarily reduced to 50 mph (80 km/h) and 60 mph (97 km/h) respectively (motorway speed limits were left unchanged at 70 mph (113 km/h)) from 14 December 1974.[66] In November 1976 the temporary speed limits were extended at least until the end of May 1977.[67] In April 1977, the government announced that the national speed limits for single-carriageway roads was to be increased to 60 mph (97 km/h) and that the 70 mph (113 km/h) speed limit was to be restored on dual-carriageways on 1 June 1977.[68][69]"

    It was the reduction to 50 that I remembered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Spin Doctor View Post
    And if we sacrifice the newts, what next?
    Looks like it's those of us over 70.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by iansoady View Post
    Looks like it's those of us over 70.......
    We don't eat them... yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Spin Doctor View Post
    And if we sacrifice the newts, what next?
    Obviously kittens.

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    https://www.highwaysmagazine.co.uk/H...ce=Emailvision

    Highways England plans to launch a 32m tender for stopped vehicle detection (SVD) systems this April, as part of its programme of safety improvements to smart motorways.
    The procurement process will be broken up into two similar lots, with one focused on immediate production of up to 800 units and the other focused on short to medium-term supply.



    Under the Government's smart motorway action plan – announced in the wake of several fatalities and significant public safety concerns around smart motorways – Highways England committed to speeding up the roll-out of SVD.

    'A radar-based system which spots stationary vehicles will be installed across the entire smart motorway network within 36 months,' the Department for Transport pledged earlier this month.

    However, Highways England chief executive Jim O'Sullivan told MPs last year that it would not be an easy task.

    'Refitting it and productionising it so that you can roll it out over hundreds of miles as a retrofit programme is quite a challenge,' he said.

    In a recently published prior information notice, (PIN) Highways England announced it needs to procure technology to detect individual stopped vehicles in live lanes on 'Smart Motorway All Lane Running sections' of the network.

    'The SVD solution must enable early intervention and the setting of road signals that notify road users of the presence of the stopped vehicle,' Highways England said.

    Currently, it takes 17 minutes on average for traffic officer patrols to attend a stopped vehicle in a smart motorway live lane of traffic. Highways England hopes to reduce this to 10 minutes.

    Lot 1 will cover the provision and commissioning of a radar solution 'to facilitate immediate roll-out, estimated to be 300-800 units with an estimated value of 7m to 16m'.

    The contractor will be asked:

    to provide a Stopped Vehicle Detection (SVD) radar solution;
    roadside installation will be undertaken by third parties but the supplier will be required to commission the radar solution and may be required to support installation;
    detection technology and a supporting system which provide operators in Regional Operational Centres with stopped vehicle alerts, enabling action to be taken to intervene;
    the solution will need to be capable of detecting any vehicle permitted to use motorways
    As a sign of the difficult timetable that Highways England is operating to, the supplier would need to ensure arrangements for the production of units are in place 'immediately following framework award'.

    The indicative date for OJEU contract notice is 20 April 2020, and Lot 1 is due to be awarded in the summer.

    'Given the requirement for immediate production, the solution must have already been successfully tested on the SRN,' Highways England said.

    Lot 2 is worth the same amount and has a similar remit, but will cover the 'short/medium term requirements for provision and commissioning of a radar and/or other technology solutions on the SRN'.

    'For radar and/or other technology solutions which have not already been tested on the SRN, Highways England will facilitate testing of the solution on the SRN following framework award, and it is intended to be a condition of participation in any mini-competition that the solution will have been successfully tested on the SRN.'

    The framework award for Lot 2 will take place in the summer or autumn this year and is for multiple suppliers.

    Owing to some of the perceived limitations of radar technology for SVD, particularly at times of high traffic flow, Highways England has been investigating other technologies that analyse CCTV images.

    It is due to launch a large-scale trial of this technology 'providing another option alongside current radar technology'. However, this was not mentioned in the PIN.

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    [ Highways England committed to speeding up the roll-out .

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    It's broke, so we'll patch it...

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    Great more bloody road works n delays on 'smart' mways..

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