Speed limit increased to 80mph

The government said yesterday that it is considering raising the speed limit on English and Welsh motorways from 70mph to 80mph. In a move likely to prove popular with motorists but greeted with outrage by road safety groups, the Department of Transport said the limit could be raised in 2013, following a consultation with the public and interest groups. Transport secretary Philip Hammond said of the plans that the country’s roads “should be the arteries of a healthy economy”.