Conservative former minister Sir Bill Wiggin has suggested to test higher speed limits on the M50 as we have safer cars and better brakes.
Sir Bill who is the MP for North Herefordshire said the M50 would be “the perfect motorway” to test a higher speed limit.
The former Conservative Chancellor George Osborne also said he would back a change in 2015, however the government said in 2022 that they will no longer try the idea.
Sir Bill told the House of Commons, “In order to increase productivity we ought to ensure that people get to work in and around the country faster.
“Increasing speed limits on motorways would help to do this.”
Citing the lack of evidence of the safety implications, he said: “We need to test and trial increased speed limits in line with safer cars and better brakes.
“And I suggest that an excellent place to test this would be the M50. This is the perfect motorway to try to increase the speed limit.
“It is short, safe, and a truly excellent motorway where we could easily monitor the safety of a higher speed limit.”
He added, “As a road taxpayer, I believe that car drivers have every right to expect that their hard-earned money will be used to maintain the infrastructure for which it was levied.
“And the mis-spending of this funding means that hypothecation is justified for road tax.
“The Treasury takes money from car drivers to fund over-paid train drivers and an inefficient Network Rail which could have been privatised years ago.
“More money is wasted on bus lanes, cycle paths and not very smart motorways.
“Yet the wretched potholes escape unrepaired.”
Transport Minister Guy Opperman said, “It is a matter for himself and more particularly his local authority and the National Highways, who govern the strategic road network, to sit down and discuss and then set the speed limits on the individual roads.
“They have the local knowledge and are best placed to do so, but it is something for the local authority to drive forwards with National Highways at the first instance.”