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Old September 24th, 2013, 08:07 PM   #3381
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Hopefully they will widen the section between where the M4 splits and where the 2 Severn Crossings split to 5-6 lanes either side to cope with merging traffic.
Earlier plans had segregated carriageways and braided junctions between both M4 and M48 (assuming old M4 around Newport will become M48) junctions at Magor.

The same will happen at the west end (more clear from the map).

You are looking at something like https://mapsengine.google.com/map/ed...8.kifrJTcV6vKg - light grey 1 lane, dark grey 2 lanes, black 3 lanes. Lots of tiger tails and stuff.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 10:38 PM   #3382
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A49, Leominster-Ludlow.



I am just beginning with youtube, so please, forgive me all imperfections.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 08:22 PM   #3383
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A1(M) from Leeming to Barton and M8 from Bailleston to Newhouse. These will come to fruition relatively quick. Any idea where another upgrades to a full motorway standard might or might not take place?
A1 North of Newcastle is looking increasingly likely to be upgraded to take some of the strain from the M6 and boost the local economy.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 08:48 PM   #3384
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I am just beginning with youtube, so please, forgive me all imperfections.
Love the clip - I do a lot of driving along rural roads a lot like that. Lovely scenery. Haven't been out that way since the 90s (and never along that road). Backing track is hardly appropriate for that part of the country though - Shropshire is definitely not a "reggae nation".
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Old September 26th, 2013, 09:55 PM   #3385
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Safer and more reliable journeys as M62 upgrade is completed

Road users in West Yorkshire are now benefiting from safer, more reliable and less congested journeys after work to upgrade the M62 to a managed motorway was completed in full – ahead of schedule and under budget.

The Highways Agency last week lifted the temporary 50mph speed restrictions on the remaining two sections between junctions 28 and 30, marking an end to the work which started in October 2011.

Work to upgrade 15.5 miles of the M62 between junctions 25 at Brighouse and junction 30 at Rothwell, was due to be completed by the end of October 2013. However the Highways Agency, working closely with its contractor bmJV, has been able to complete the work more than a month early.

Since work started, the Agency has been able to secure further cost savings of approximately £17m. Therefore, the final cost of the scheme is expected to be £133m, compared to the £150m target cost, which already included £48m of savings.
entire press release: http://www.highways.gov.uk/news/pres...-is-completed/
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Old September 26th, 2013, 10:08 PM   #3386
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I was exploring East London on Google Street View and noticed that the A406 N Circular Road is basically almost motorway standard all the way from the A13 to where it links with the M11. When was this completed? I don't remember the road being of that standard, but we're talking maybe 15 years since I was last anywhere near that area for a Wolves vs Charlton FA Cup match.
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Old September 27th, 2013, 10:21 PM   #3387
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I was exploring East London on Google Street View and noticed that the A406 N Circular Road is basically almost motorway standard all the way from the A13 to where it links with the M11. When was this completed? I don't remember the road being of that standard, but we're talking maybe 15 years since I was last anywhere near that area for a Wolves vs Charlton FA Cup match.
That is the South Woodford to Barking Relief Road. It was completed in the mid-1980s; before that the A406 finished at Gants Hill (where the A1400 meets the A12 now) and the North Circular went south along the A104, A114 and A117 through East Ham to the Woolwich Ferry. It's not quite motorway standard as the lanes are narrower than a motorway's and there is no hard shoulder. It was intended to link with a proposed East London River Crossing, but that was abandoned in the 1980s.
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Old September 28th, 2013, 10:50 PM   #3388
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M1, J13 to J6A (part one)



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M1, J13 to J6A (part two)

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Old October 1st, 2013, 11:05 PM   #3390
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M50

Here is a collection of pictures covering M50 motorway from East to West.

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The report starts on M5 just before junction with M50. M50 has recently undergone quite a number of improvements and refurbishments, such as erecting new bridges in place of older ones and some resurfacing works. There are also undergoing drainage replacing works here.

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Only way to enter the motorway can be carried on through a roundabout. As far as I remember this junction had a different shape in the past and there are still some remainings of the former one, which are to use by abnormal sized vehicles.

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Recently rebuilt bridge.
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Another one.
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Old October 1st, 2013, 11:19 PM   #3391
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Same place?

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Old October 1st, 2013, 11:26 PM   #3392
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That's the same place indeed!
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Old October 2nd, 2013, 05:12 AM   #3393
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I would take this route to Cardiff when I delivered or collected vans from our depot there. It was actually more direct and more scenic to get off the M5 and take the M50 to Ross On Wye, then the A449 down to Cardiff, plus you don't have to pay the Severn Crossing toll. Gorgeous scenery in that part of England and Wales. Very reminiscent of parts of Virginia here in the US.
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Old October 2nd, 2013, 05:23 AM   #3394
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Oh I actually have pics from one of those trips. These were taken over 10 years ago so excuse the prehistoric quality:

A449 South Wales, May 2003:





A449 (England / back in civilization):


M50 heading east


Rejoining the M5 northbound



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Old October 2nd, 2013, 07:11 PM   #3395
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M50

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This junction has been discussed in the thread already.
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I noticed that greenery along British roads isn't maintained as good as it was in previous years. Tens of signs and boards became unreadable, because of overgrown bushes, such as example on the picture below.
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I love this bridge.
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I think it's only noise barrier on M50.
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That's it! Thanks.
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That junction is insane! I don't think I've seen another of its kind on the British motorway network. If you ask me, the M50 should probably be downgraded to an 'A' road. I never liked the roundabout thing when you get off the M5. I believe all motorway to motorway interchanges should be free flowing.
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I do not mind all imperfections of M50. This road has an exceptional feeling, which I really love and rank it very high in the list of my favourite motorways in Europe.
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Old October 2nd, 2013, 08:10 PM   #3398
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M50 is one of the oldest motorways in Britain, it opened in two stages in 1960 and 1962.
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I do not mind all imperfections of M50. This road has an exceptional feeling, which I really love and rank it very high in the list of my favourite motorways in Europe.
Beautiful part of the world too. I lived not too far from there for many years. I always took that route to South Wales not just to save on toll money, but also because it's way more scenic than taking the M5/M4.

I used to want the highways agency to upgrade that section of the A449 to completely grade separated, but I would rather it be left alone as it would likely attract more traffic.
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That junction is insane! I don't think I've seen another of its kind on the British motorway network. If you ask me, the M50 should probably be downgraded to an 'A' road. I never liked the roundabout thing when you get off the M5. I believe all motorway to motorway interchanges should be free flowing.
There's one here in NE England. The A194M ends at a roundabout too.
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