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Is a 40mph Motorway Coming Soon


Article by: maft
Date: 19 Sep 2016

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Just outside of Bristol the M32 changes into the A4032 as it approaches the city. The A4032, like many city roads, has a bus lane. So why, I hear you ask, is this newsworthy? Well, the bus lane is currently being extended another 800m so that it will actually be on the M32 and during the roadworks there will be average speed cameras monitoring the reduced 30mph limit.

Some people involved in the works say that the average speed cameras may be remaining after the works have finished and that there are talks of keeping the speed limit at 40mph instead of the standard 70mph that motorways in the UK have.

Source: Bristol Post

So, could the M32 be the slowest motorway in the country or do you think a 40mph limit is unlikely? Let us know your thoughts!


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Posted by Kremmen on Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:51 pm Reply with quote

Depending on the traffic density 40mph could work.

In 2004/5 they widened the M25 from junctions 12 to 15 (M3 to M4), just under 10 miles. During that work they put 40mph cameras in place.

In all the 17 years I drove the M25 from junctions 11 to 15 that was the only 2 years the traffic actually flowed and I got home sooner than when it was a 70mph stretch.


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Posted by marksfish on Mon Sep 19, 2016 4:21 pm Reply with quote

Hmmm, I seem to remember the A58M Leeds inner ring road being a 40mph zone and am sure it is still the case. It was 40mph when I moved there 14 years ago, so not sure Bristol will be first Smile


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Posted by box2k2 on Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:33 pm Reply with quote

marksfish Wrote:
Hmmm, I seem to remember the A58M Leeds inner ring road being a 40mph zone and am sure it is still the case. It was 40mph when I moved there 14 years ago, so not sure Bristol will be first Smile


I live in Leeds. It still is (if it's not shut overnight for works).


 
Posted by MaFt on Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:32 pm Reply with quote

Ah, but that's only an honourary motorway as it's still an A-road ;)

MaFt


 
Posted by DennisN on Tue Sep 20, 2016 2:11 pm Reply with quote

When the M32 first came into existence, it was an A road (but bore the name M32).

It has had a 40mph limit for years from start northwards to beyond the first junction "For Safety Barrier". Nobody ever does anything to the safety barrier!


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Posted by lenfish on Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:17 pm Reply with quote

MaFt Wrote:
Ah, but that's only an honourary motorway as it's still an A-road ;)

MaFt

The only motorway (honorary or otherwise) I've ever driven on with an exit to the right!


 
Posted by JockTamsonsBairn on Thu Sep 22, 2016 10:40 pm Reply with quote

lenfish Wrote:
The only motorway (honorary or otherwise) I've ever driven on with an exit to the right!
M8 J15 Westbound (J15 Eastbound has the on ramp joining from the right hand side!).


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Posted by njsmith on Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:27 am Reply with quote

I have read suggestions in relation to the re designation of the M32.

It has been suggested that when the bus lane is complete and the motorway regulations can't apply because of the bus lane, the M32 will be designated a Trunk Roand and no longer a motorway.

Nick
Bristol UK


 
Posted by jonl60 on Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:37 am Reply with quote

You Know, as I get older I think all speed limits should be lowered and don't policemen get younger.

With an ageing population you would think that the average reaction time would be going up. Eventually, when the whole network has been re-surfaced, all the average speed systems will just be left in place and maybe journey times will be reduced.


 
Posted by topgazza on Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:30 am Reply with quote

Its a strange thing. I drive the M25 in both directions from the M3 or M4 to Hornchurch in Essex. If I drive at say,60, in the busy sections I get lit takes less time to complete the journey. Obviously sometimes it's a crawl but the principal of not doing the speed limit or above applies. There is no doubt in my experience that variable speed systems work and even the dreaded 50mph long long zone on the M3 gets me from Basingstoke to the M3 in a more realaxed and seemingly quicker way.

The problem I think is all the various drivers doing different speeds with all the associated concertina effects and panic breaking. I would say driving too fast and too close is the main cause of general motorway congestion and frustrating motorway journies


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Posted by Juniper on Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:04 pm Reply with quote

DennisN Wrote:
When the M32 first came into existence, it was an A road (but bore the name M32).

It has had a 40mph limit for years from start northwards to beyond the first junction "For Safety Barrier". Nobody ever does anything to the safety barrier!

And I seem to be the only person that does 40mph within it (fortunately I am never there in commuting times) and most people do more like 60mph.


 
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