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Old July 21st, 2011, 11:37 PM   #2601
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Not all dual carriageways are like that, most are, but not all.

Anyway, its not like making a pedestrian bridge would be impossible in that case
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 01:57 AM   #2602
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Flierfy and I often have our differences on a great many things and often don't see eye to eye, but on this I agree with him fully.
1)they aren't consistently even grade separated DCs
2)they mostly wouldn't meet motorway standards in most countries in Europe even on the bits where they are GS DCs - tight bends, crappy junctions - even if you overlook the lack of hard shoulders.

I'd add that France has a lot of these non-motorway 'motorways' as well, normally to a higher standard of geometry, access control and hard shoulders.
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Old July 24th, 2011, 05:46 PM   #2603
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UK motorists call for the introduction of a slow speed camera

Dawdling drivers are the top cause of irritation for UK drivers, new research suggests. With little to prevent drivers from travelling too slowly, half of British motorists are supporting the idea to introduce the first ever ‘slow speed camera’ to the roads of the UK.

The slow speed camera will specifically catch slow motorists, penalising them with a fine for driving slower than the minimum designated speed limit. This has come as a reaction to the fact that although minimum speed limits are enforced on some UK motorways, there are few preventative measures that are used widely.

The survey by car insurance experts Confused.com shows that over half (60%) of motorists experience an increase in stress levels and a heightened irritability when faced with a vehicle driving slower than the rest of the traffic.

Research from the Department for Transport also reveals that 143 accidents a year are caused directly by slow drivers or ‘Sunday drivers’, as they are known.

Gareth Kloet, head of car insurance at Confused.com, said: “Slow drivers need to be taken as seriously as motorists caught speeding.

“Findings confirm they are a constant source of anxiety on UK roads and responsible for a large amount of accidents each year.

“We support the introduction of a programme of measures to eliminate this hazard as our research has highlighted that excessively slow driving is a real problem – the government introduced speed cameras and now even a super speed camera so should also consider the same rigour to combat slow driving as it could make a difference and help reduce motorists putting themselves or others at risk.”

Additional findings from the survey also uncovered other solutions for limiting slow drivers. Suggestions included: imposing a minimum speed limit on all British roads (37%); the introduction of a slow lane (26%); dedicated times for slow drivers to be on the road (15%); and even a warning badge system to be displayed by offending motorists (5%).

Peter Rodger from The Institute of Advanced of Motorists (IAM) supports the need for change on Britain’s roads. “All forms of inconsiderate driving need to be tackled. Drivers who are unnecessarily excessively slow lead others to make rash moves,” he said.
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Old July 24th, 2011, 10:16 PM   #2604
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Not all dual carriageways are like that, most are, but not all.

Anyway, its not like making a pedestrian bridge would be impossible in that case
A14 should have motorway status, as it's a very important east-west trunk road. Originally built for lorries loading containers at the port of Felixstowe it is now a good alternative to the M1 travelling back and from London and the SouthEast basically connecting the M1 and M6 with the M11. However:

Too many lorries, and overtaking bans still failing in places it's over congested. Right-turns, agricultural traffic and cyclists in road still makes it impossible to function as a proper motorway, not to mention the absence of a hard shoulder.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 12:12 PM   #2605
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What amazes me is that many British farmers have been allowed to carry out environmentally destructive hedgerow removal on a huge scale since the war, turning parts of the British countryside into ecological deserts, but sticking up a few new houses on a greenfield site causes uproar. Where's the consistency in that? There's often a difference between perception and reality.
Because it's not about the environment, it's about greedy homeowners (and the politicians who pander to them) preventing new development in order to keep house prices high...
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Old July 27th, 2011, 01:20 PM   #2606
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I really don't get some bits of the green belt that go way into the London urban area, between Feltham and Ashford, Middlesex for example. It's just waste ground now, they might as well built houses or probably flats there, there is a shortage of housing after all
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Old July 27th, 2011, 02:23 PM   #2607
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Hindhead Tunnel is open.

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The £371m Hindhead Tunnel under the Devil's Punch Bowl in Surrey has been officially opened after a four-and-a-half year construction project.
Transport Secretary Philip Hammond cut the ribbon at the 1.1 mile (1.8km) tunnel, on the London-to-Portsmouth A3 road, allowing traffic to go through.
He said: "This is another one of the missing links in Britain's trunk road network now put in place.
"The cutting-edge road scheme has surpassed expectations."
Southbound traffic is using the tunnel first, with northbound traffic due to start using it in a few days.
Crossing points After that, work will begin to return the old A3 to nature, reuniting the Devil's Punchbowl with Hindhead Common for the first time in almost 200 years.
Construction began on the twin-bore tunnel in January 2007.
It is one of the longest in England and is part of a four-mile bypass of the Surrey village of Hindhead.
Seven safe crossing points have been built over or under the new road, most of them specifically for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.
A major new junction has also been built at Hazel Grove, and access roads have been laid for the businesses and properties that used to turn directly on to the busy A3.
The tunnel, which will be used by an estimated 30,000 vehicles a day, runs under the bowl which is a large hollow of dry, sandy heath, to the east of Hindhead.
The Highways Agency said its safety features include the UK's first radar-based incident detection system and 100% CCTV coverage.
The project has won awards for its innovation and its safety record, and has been delivered within budget and on schedule.
Mr Hammond said traffic had been held up at the Hindhead crossroads for years, "hampering the flow of goods and services and blighting the lives of people living in and around Hindhead".
"No longer. This new road will transform journeys on the A3 - improving journey times by around 20 minutes or more at busy periods - and will deliver a threefold return on investment for the economy," he said.
"This cutting-edge road scheme has surpassed expectations in almost every way, and sets a new standard for how vital infrastructure improvements can be delivered in a way that not only protects, but actually enhances the surrounding environment."
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Old July 27th, 2011, 05:19 PM   #2608
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Because it's not about the environment, it's about greedy homeowners (and the politicians who pander to them) preventing new development in order to keep house prices high...
That's an important factor for sure, but the whole way planning and development takes place in the UK comes across to me as just plain odd.
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Congratulations UK! This is a very important link that is open now from London to Portsmouth.


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Old July 31st, 2011, 01:02 PM   #2613
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N. Ireland: Hillsborough - Ballymena

Hillsborough - Ballymena

Folks,

Some pics from an 80 km section of the A1/M1/A12/M2/A26 route following the southern approach to Belfast, along the Westlink, and the out the the northwest on the M2/A26.

For more information on roads in Northern Ireland, please see Wesley Johnston's excellent site.

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1. The A1 between Lisburn and the border with the Republic is a mix of grade-separated and low-quality dual carriageway. In recent years, many of the busier at-grade junctions have been upgraded and the centre median closed off, like in this example here.
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2. There's still a roundabout at Hillsborough, though. This is the first time mainline traffic on the A1 has to yield since leaving Dublin!
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3. Low-quality section of dual carriageway between Hillsborough and the M1.
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4. A short section of dual carriageway was built near Lisburn a few years ago (the A101), to alleviate some of the congestion at junction 7 on the NI M1 and to provide access to a retail park. Belfast-bound traffic is directed onto this.
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5. The A101 is a bit half-assed, with at-grade intersections (including with the M1).
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6. Finally onto the M1, heading towards Belfast. At 60 km, Northern Ireland's M1 is the longest stretch of motorway in the province, and the only one fully completed to its intended length. As part of the UK, Northern Ireland doesn't use metric measurements on roadsigns, to that junction is one mile away, not one metre
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7. Standard UK-style signage on the motorway.
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8. Part-time hard shoulder running is available for buses at peak times. No need for it on a Saturday afternoon though!
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9. Getting close to Belfast city now, Divis mountain looms in the background.
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10. A section of M1 near Belfast can be subject to variable speed limits.
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11. 2x3 lanes on the final approaches to Belfast.
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12. End of the M1, start of the A12. The A12 Westlink allows through traffic to bypass Belfast city to the west. Running much closer to the city centre than Dublin's M50, up until 2009 it also featured traffic light junctions and roundabouts along its length. These were removed in an upgrade scheme, so the only remaining traffic signals are at the northern terminus.
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13. VSLs also possible on the southern section of the Westlink. Some tight bends too, so a 50 mph/80 km/h limit applies.
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14. Lane drop at Divis St approaches.
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15. Really feels like an urban motorway here (though we're not under motorway restrictions).
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16. Approaching the northern terminus, with one of the shipbuilder Harland & Wolff's famous cranes visible in the background.
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17. There are plans to upgrade this junction to allow free-flowing movements between the A12 and the M2 & M3.
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...continued in the next post.

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...continued from previous post.

18. At the last junction we headed straight, onto the M2. This is the famous foreshore section, which at 2x5 lanes, is the widest section of motorway anywhere on the island of Ireland.
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19. This section of the M2 also parallels the railway line to Larne and Derry. An Irish Rail 201-class locomotive rests here at Northern Ireland Railways's York Road depot. The Dublin-Belfast 'Enterprise' rail service is jointly run by Irish Rail and Northern Ireland Railways.
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20. The M2 drops a lane through the junction here.
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21. Back up to D5M for the final section before the M2 and M5 split, though one lane is closed for works.
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22. Split for the M2 and M5. The M5 is in reality a short (< 2 km) spur of the M2. It was supposed to go all the way to Carrickfergus but was never finished.
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23. The M2 continues with 2x3 lanes as far as junction 4. Originally only the outbound side had 3 lanes (to allow for the hill you can see here), but the inbound carriageway was recently upgraded to 3 lanes, opening in 2009.
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24. Route confirmation & distance sign (all in miles, of course!)
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25. Lane drop at J4.
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26. J5 also gets some impressive overhead gantry signage.
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27. Through the pleasant Antrim countryside.
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28. Just north of Antrim town, the carriageways diverge for a short section. This was to allow for a free-flowing junction to be built between the M2 and the M22. The M2 was to continue to Coleraine (further north), and the M22 was to be the motorway continuing west towards Derry. However, like much of NI's motorway plans, it didn't work out like that.
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29. Here you can see where the M2 was supposed to continue to the right, and the M22 starts to the left. In reality, the only other section of M2 completed was the Ballymena bypass (more of that later), and the only section of M22 built was a short 8 km stretch. Derry is still not connected to the rest of the network by a dual carriageway or motorway.
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30. We're going to leave the motorway here and head for Ballymena.
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31. Although not a motorway, the two parts of the M2 are at least connected by dual carriageway (the A26).
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32. It's a low-standard dual carriageway, with a roundabout and many centre median openings to allow traffic to turn right.
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33. Approaching Ballymena.
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34. Back to the M2. Traffic has only recently been able to travel under the roundabout visible on the bridges here. See Wesley's site for the story of this junction.
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35. The isolated Ballymena bypass section of the M2 was completed in 1969, and not a whole lot has changed since then!
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36. End of the M2 and northernmost section of motorway on the island of Ireland. You can see to the right where the next section would have continued on to Coleraine, had it been built, but instead we have this permanent "temporary" teminus!
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37. Continuing north on the A26, we're back to low-quality dual carriageway.
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38. Approaching the end of the dual carriageway.
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39. The end!
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Old July 31st, 2011, 02:51 PM   #2615
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Very interesting thank you,

P.S, I really like those butterfly signs on the Westlink

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Old July 31st, 2011, 08:14 PM   #2616
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WOW csd, GREAT set of photos! Belfast looks like it's come such a long way. The motorways and major roads look quality, the signage is crisp, clear and concise. Belfast's inner motorways (as with Glasgow) also give you the impression that it's a much bigger city than it actually is. That Northern Irish scenery is mental too. Planning my trip over there sometime next year as Belfast is a place I am actually looking into to live in.
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I intend to look at the possibility going to university in Northern Ireland
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Some articles describing the Hindhead tunnel:

http://tunneltalk.com/Hindhead-Tunne...g-ceremony.php
http://tunneltalk.com/Hindhead-Tunne...elebration.php
http://tunneltalk.com/Spray-on-water...ication-UK.php
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Great csd! Your pictures are crystal clear.
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Ecotrocity and Welcome Break to offer free EV charging on motorways

A new scheme devised by British green energy company Ecotricity could put an end to range anxiety for electric car owners by providing charge points at service stations along UK motorways.

The national charging network, which is the first of its kind worldwide, will be free of charge to electric vehicle (EV) drivers and will consist of 27 charging points at Welcome Break service stations at its completion. Each charging post will be powered by 100 per cent green energy from Ecotricity’s wind and solar sources, the company said.

At the moment, there are 400 charging points in cities across the UK, with a whopping 250 of them located in London. In their endeavour, Ecotricity and Welcome Break hope to encourage EV use by allowing the vehicles to travel beyond city borders.

"Until now, charging posts have all been in city centres like London, but this is where you need them least," Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, said. "Statistics show that it’s not in towns and cities where electric cars need to recharge, but on longer journeys between cities – and that means motorways."

The companies are currently planning to install charging posts in locations such as Somerset, Staffordshire, Hertfordshire and South Lanarkshire, to name a few. According to a release from Ecotricity, the first charging point will be installed in July at Welcome Break’s South Mimms station. The network is expected to have 12 charging points by September and reach its total number within 18 months.

Charging points

Charging posts will be located outside of the main entrance of stations. Each will have two sockets, which can be used by registering for a free swipe card on Ecotricity’s website. Vehicles can gain a partial charge in 20 minutes or a full charge in two hours using the rapid recharge points in the network. Slower charging mechanisms will be available to users who are staying overnight in adjoining hotels.

In addition to its environmental benefits, Ecotricity stresses the potential savings that drivers could make by using EVs – a driver covering a typical year’s 12,000 miles could save almost £2,000 in petrol costs, as well as 2,500 kilogrammes in CO2 emissions.

"It costs 1p a mile in an electric vehicle, compared with 10p in a petrol car (at today’s oil prices)," Vince said. "With world oil prices going through the roof, you’ll now be able to get around Britain using only the power of the wind."

Electric vehicles

Currently, there are 2,000 pure electric vehicles in the UK, as well as a few hundred plug-in hybrids. However, with the launches of EV models by Nissan, Mitsubishi, Peugeot and Ford, this number is expected to grow – which will in turn require an increase in charging points such as Ecotricity’s.

"We’re creating the infrastructure to get Britain’s electric car revolution moving," Vince said. "This marks the beginning of the end for the old combustion engine."
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