Drive faster on Dutch motorways - soon

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The Dutch government's plans to increase the speed limit on some motorways will go ahead in 2011, though not quite as early as intially planned. Infrastructure Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen told parliament that trials with the new limit 130 kilometres per hour - currently 120 kph - on some roads will now begin in March.

The minister refused to say which motorways she thought might be included in the tests, saying the the choice would depend on noise pollution and other environmental issues.

The minister does not think the measure will cut journey times. She explained that it was designed to appease motorists. She told parliament:

Ms Schultz van Haegen said the government wants to make better use of the roads and cut traffic jams. Two of the options being considered are opening the special rush-hour lanes to traffic throughout the entire day and the introduction of tolls on some roads.


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