The government announcement aims to reduce congestion and cut dangerous overtaking. It will also benefit coach drivers, who often find it difficult to overtake 40mph lorries.

A consultation has started on plans to increase the speed limits for HGVs on dual carriageways from 50mph to 60mph, to solve similar problems. 

The change in speed limits for HGVs on single carriageways will come into force in early 2015 and will bring England and Wales in line with other European road safety leaders, such as Denmark and Norway. Depending on the consultation responses, the increase for dual carriageways will come in at the same time. The existing limits continue to apply until the change has been put into effect.

The Department for Transport is also urging English councils to use local powers issued last year to restrict traffic to 30, 40 or 50 mph where necessary because of pedestrian and cyclist use of roads, where the road is located and the layout. 

(Article courtesy of Route One Magazine)