M6 mandatory variable speed limit plans announced

Managed motorway scheme   A series of public exhibitions by the Highways Agency will be held over the summer

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Consultation has begun on a plan to introduce variable speed limits on the M6 in Staffordshire.

The Highways Agency said the mandatory speed limits would be enforced as part of a scheme to upgrade the motorway between junctions 10A and 13.

The hard shoulder would also be turned into an additional traffic lane in both directions between junctions 11, near Cannock, and 13, near Stafford.

The eight-week consultation on the plans will run until 30 August.

The agency said it has sent details of the proposals to interested parties including local authorities, transport associations and emergency services.

It also plans a series of public exhibitions which will be held over the summer.

Construction of the managed motorway scheme is scheduled to start in between January and March 2014 and is expected to be completed by spring 2015, the agency said.

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