The law introduced in 1965 set the UK speed limit at 70mph.
1913 is when the car production industry took off (without going into qualms of who/when inventions etc.) so 52 years after cars were still being made with cart wheels and men with flags walking in front of them, see how we had moved on.
Now nearly as long after the 70mph speed limit was set cars safety has evolved even more so. I personally would not want to travel at 70mph in any car that was around in 1965, it would have been scary. so a very liberal 70mph limit was set.
But today, things are very different.
I’m all for the reduction in housing estates to become 20mph that will make huge differences to personal injury of pedestrians. but the Motorway is the domain of DRIVERS ONLY.
Many people such as myself who drive 20,000 miles a year or more would potentially save 280 hours per year…that’s TEN WHOLE DAYS.