80mph speed limit could be introduced on motorways
The rollout of smart motorways could eventually see the speed limit increased to 80mph, according to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.
Speaking to The Times, he said: "We will look at [80mph limits] in a couple of a years' time when there's more smart motorways.
"Once we get smart motorways up and running and we get the free-flow through, and we get better running on motorways, I think that it is something that's there."
Smart motorways convert the hard shoulder to a running lane to boost capacity and smooth traffic, operating either permanently or during busy periods.