Will the 80mph speed limit happen?
Hammond is suggesting that trials of the higher speed limit will be carried out in 2014, which will go nationwide if they are found to be successful.
He told Auto Express magazine the idea was “not dead”, adding: "We are thinking about it. We are thinking about how we could trial it rather than go to a consultation. It would be important to have a good evidence-based trial"
"My message, though, is that it [80mph] has not been lost. Our philosophy is that we should have the right speed on the right road. Drivers will have noticed that we have made some significant changes to guidelines to local authorities about lower speeds in rural areas. We have also made it easier to introduce 20mph limits and zones."
One of the main reasons behind this increase is that it would reduce congestion, which would in turn, boost the economy (by "hundreds of millions of pounds" according to Hammond) but road safety campaigners and environmental groups don't agree.
Brake, the road safety group, think an 80mph speed limit would result in more fatal accidents and serious injuries.
What do you think?