Speed limit rises to 70 mph on M80 and A80

06/05/10- PIc: Gary Hutchison. Cumbernauld area. General views of M80 roadwork's.
06/05/10- PIc: Gary Hutchison. Cumbernauld area. General views of M80 roadwork's.
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Motorists will give a sigh of relief when speed restrictions are finally lifted on the A80/M80.

Journey times will be dramatically cut when the 40 mph limit is increased to 70 mph in both directions tomorrow.

However, the 40 mph limit will remain in place on the northbound M73 after Auchenkilns, near Cumbernauld, as there are still roadworks on that part of the motorway. The southbound stretch will be 70 mph.

Police are urging drivers to be aware of the new speed limit and will have extra patrols in place to ensure that traffic flows freely.

Motorists have been faced with a sea of traffic cones and disruption since work began on the £320 million project in January 2009.

Chief Inspector Donald McMillan, head of the Central Scotland force’s road policing unit, said: “I strongly urge motorists to take extra caution on this stretch of road as there may be people who drive at a slower speed because that is what they have been used to for so long.

‘‘Just because the speed limit is 70 mph does not mean that is the speed you must travel at – it is the maximum speed permitted.

“Please drive safely and sensibly and according to the road conditions.”