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Was Huhne restricted by M11 road works?

Michael Crick | 16:57 UK time, Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Some of the press speculation about Chris Huhne in recent days has focused on whether he was the victim of a 30 mile an hour speed restriction on the M11 which had been imposed because of road works.

On 15 February 2003 the Daily Telegraph reported that extensive road works would cause big delays on the motorway for the next two months - ie. covering the crucial date in the Huhne case, 12 March 2003.

In late February resurfacing work was due to start between junction 7 (Harlow), and junction 6 where the M11 crosses the M25.

The Telegraph article quoted David Lee, the-then Highways Agency project manager, as saying:

"This section of the M11 is in a poor state and close to the end of its useful life... Work will be carried out 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep disruption and inconvenience to a minimum."

"At night," the Telegraph added, "the motorway will be reduced to a single lane in each direction."



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