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About Those M1 Variable Speed Signs

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Highways England Customer Services have responded to complaints about the operation of variable speed signs along the M1 corridor through Luton.

A spokesperson said, "The signs you describe that you have seen along this route would have been set by our automated system called MIDAS (Motorway Incident Detection and Automatic Signalling). MIDAS uses sensors in the road to detect incidents or congestion and then automatically sets advisory reduced speeds (e.g. 60, 50 40 mph) and warning messages (e.g. Queue Caution) on VMS.

"To help manage busy traffic flow, a variable speed limit and incident detection system has been in operation since 1995. The controlled section is fully fitted with loop detectors, which collect real-time data such as vehicle count, speed, and traffic density. Signal gantries automatically display mandatory speed limits in response to the traffic data recorded by the loop detectors. The speed control system creates an environment to minimise the risk of fl…

Scrumptious Cottage Kitchen Opens At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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New River Cottage Kitchen and Deli opens at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Feeding time at the Zoo has become a mouth-watering experience for visitors as River Cottage Kitchen and Deli opens its doors at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. The exciting new collaboration with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his River Cottage team, sees the food writer and campaigner bring his River Cottage restaurant to the UK’s largest Zoo.


At the unique restaurant, visitors can enjoy delicious lunches where the finest seasonal ingredients, ethically and locally-sourced, are at the heart of delightful new menus. The experience doesn’t stop with delicious food; the rustic restaurant overlooks the picturesque Chiltern Hills on one side and the Zoo’s herd of white rhinos on the other side, a truly unique experience.

Guests can graze on an appetising menu of grilled flatbread, organic hummus and hemp seed dukkah for starters. Roast spiced cauliflower, split peas and crisp onions; baked lamb meatballs with pickled lemon and yoghurt, a…
Luton local news and events for the town of Luton, Bedfordshire, UK. Editor Alan Winter.