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Old January 1st, 2015, 10:12 PM   #11941
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But it violates every principle of a safety system based on spatial segregation and the presumption that foreign bodies on the rail track are dangerous by principle, so they are restricted to monitored (cameras) crossings only.
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Old January 1st, 2015, 10:27 PM   #11942
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When these railways were built there were virtually any traffic on these roads, and as building alternatives now would often mean tunnels, these street running sections remain in place. But as soon they can be eliminated easily and cheaply, they are.

Where this isn't possible for economical reasons, other alternatives are found (the street running section in Chur has been partially doubled to follow road traffic running, more red lights for road vehicles are placed, ...).
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Old January 1st, 2015, 10:32 PM   #11943
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Some system like RhB, with all its road-traffic interference and also other operational issues, would probably be long closed and dismantled in any other country than Switzerland, but that is way off topic.
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Old January 1st, 2015, 10:46 PM   #11944
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In Switzerland most of them are local railways with narrow gauge, usually on local roads.
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Old January 1st, 2015, 11:13 PM   #11945
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Kethelplein Interchange, Rotterdam

The Kethelplein Interchange (A4/A20) in September 2014, during reconstruction due to the A4 extension. Note the unusual amount of noise barriers. It almost looks like Poland.

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Old January 2nd, 2015, 12:01 AM   #11946
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Will they eventually raise the limit on the new sector around Steenbergen to 130 km/h?
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Old January 2nd, 2015, 12:02 AM   #11947
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Old January 2nd, 2015, 12:09 AM   #11948
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The yet to be built exit 31 Veldhoven-West (A67-N69) near Eindhoven.



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Old January 2nd, 2015, 12:32 AM   #11949
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Will they eventually raise the limit on the new sector around Steenbergen to 130 km/h?
They might as well, everyone already drives 130+ anyway
Cruising with 140-145 (on speedometer) and still got ovetaken twice, and I only overtook 2 cars. Traffic flow seems to be 140-ish
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Old January 2nd, 2015, 12:46 AM   #11950
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The Kethelplein Interchange (A4/A20) in September 2014, during reconstruction due to the A4 extension. Note the unusual amount of noise barriers. It almost looks like Poland.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/EOyFKGJ.jpg[img]
The difference being, here is an actual built-up area high-ish buildings. Those noise barriers make sense in this part, unlike the half sunken solution in the middle of a grassland between Delft and Schiedam!

The A4 should've been built half a century ago, but, better late than never!
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Old January 2nd, 2015, 01:11 AM   #11951
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They might as well, everyone already drives 130+ anyway
Cruising with 140-145 (on speedometer) and still got ovetaken twice, and I only overtook 2 cars. Traffic flow seems to be 140-ish
I drove there yesterday (en-route to that pic whose road number I'd got wrong above), I well remember not many drivers slowing down.


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Something is extremely wrong with this map! Just took a screenshot of my computer.

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Old January 2nd, 2015, 01:13 AM   #11952
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Seems to be just on the sattelite view + labels.
It's not on the ''map'' view!
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Old January 2nd, 2015, 01:28 AM   #11953
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Seems to be just on the sattelite view + labels.
Yep. For some reason roads under construction are shown as 'finished' in satellite+labels view.
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Old January 2nd, 2015, 01:43 AM   #11954
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Yep. For some reason roads under construction are shown as 'finished' in satellite+labels view.
A like the looks of A4 on that map

How is traffic on N470 and N471? Are they good alternatives for peak traffic Zoetermeer-Rotterdam, or are drivers better off (time spent on road) going via A12-A4-A13?
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Old January 2nd, 2015, 01:45 AM   #11955
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I don't drive that route often, but I can't say I've ever been stuck in a traffic jam there.

I'd imagine it's a perfectly fine route, I drive either like that, or the A20>N219>A12. I can't really say for peak times.
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Old January 2nd, 2015, 11:57 AM   #11956
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A like the looks of A4 on that map

How is traffic on N470 and N471? Are they good alternatives for peak traffic Zoetermeer-Rotterdam, or are drivers better off (time spent on road) going via A12-A4-A13?
From the N470 point of view, there is a dot-matrix-sign in Delft just before the A13-junction. It displays the driving time of the A13/A12 and N470/A12 route towards Gouda, normally the A13/A12 option is a minute faster, in rush hour I've seen a 3 minute difference in favour of the N470!
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Old January 4th, 2015, 01:38 PM   #11957
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A15/A16 Ridderkerk interchange, Rotterdam

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Old January 4th, 2015, 06:57 PM   #11958
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Note how the off ramp immediately enters a residential street.
[img]http://i.imgur.com/cBpWock.jpg[img]
It's a shame there are so few places like this, I'd love to live next to there.

Exit motorway > I'm home.
And leave home > Ahh motorway.

No annoying slow (sub)urban areas to traverse through slowly, just jump in and 100+ km/h .
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Old January 4th, 2015, 07:07 PM   #11959
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How is traffic on N470 and N471? Are they good alternatives for peak traffic Zoetermeer-Rotterdam, or are drivers better off (time spent on road) going via A12-A4-A13?
As a daily traveller between Zoetermeer and Rotterdam during peak traffic, I prefer to travel using the A12-N219-A20. This route has, on average, the least delay. Using the N470 and N471 means using parts of the A13 and/or A20 which are notorious for heavy traffic during rush hour. Without traffic the N471 is properly the fastest route.

The (disappointing) connection between the two cities will be improved in the near future. The A13/A16-project will connect the A16 to the N209, and thus creating a far more direct route between Rotterdam and Zoetermeer.
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Old January 4th, 2015, 07:23 PM   #11960
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An interesting video (Dutch) about the construction of the 2nd span of the Brienenoord bridge (A16) in Rotterdam. There is some cool footage as well.
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