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Old December 30th, 2013, 03:03 PM   #3561
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There is a serious effort to upgrade rail infrastructure at the moment. Massive sums of money are invested, particularly in London.
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Old December 30th, 2013, 03:37 PM   #3562
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According to some members of SABRE, some preparatory works on A8 in Glasgow and A1 in North Yorkshire have started.
Which new motorways or expressways are currently u/c in UK (w/o widenings)?

M90: Queensferry Crossing 12 4km (September 2011 to 2016) – projectmap
M8: Baillieston – Newhouse 12 9.7km (? to ?) – ? – map
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Old December 31st, 2013, 12:57 AM   #3563
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Which new motorways or expressways are currently u/c in UK (w/o widenings)?

M90: Queensferry Crossing 12 4km (September 2011 to 2016) – projectmap
M8: Baillieston – Newhouse 12 9.7km (? to ?) – ? – map
You can count the transformation of the A1 to A1(M) from Leeming Bar to Barton in North Yorks as it isn't just a plain widening scheme. It does include the construction of new road and some realignments of the A1 as well.
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Old December 31st, 2013, 11:50 AM   #3564
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Do you have any detailed information? Link to project page etcetera... Any detailed information about M8?
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Old December 31st, 2013, 01:36 PM   #3565
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Google M8 completion for the Scottish schemes.

Look at the project page on highways.gov.uk for the A1(M), etc
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Old December 31st, 2013, 02:05 PM   #3566
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Google M8 completion for the Scottish schemes.
http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/...jects/m8m73m74 (not yet u/c; "It is anticipated that construction will commence in late 2013 with completion by 2017")

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Look at the project page on highways.gov.uk for the A1(M), etc
http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/roa...n-improvement/ (not yet u/c; "early 2014 to mid 2017")
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Old December 31st, 2013, 10:20 PM   #3567
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About time the M8 was upgraded. The A9 between Perth and Inverness should be made dual carriageway too and links to Aberdeen need improving.
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Old December 31st, 2013, 11:36 PM   #3568
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The A9 between Perth and Inverness should be made dual carriageway too
There's really not much traffic and most of the needed improvements are done/being done (with safety being the sole justification). But Transport Scotland is looking at getting the whole lot dualled in the next few years.

A lot of the safety issues come from the 40mph limit for HGVs on single carriageways encouraging overtaking where it isn't safe. Scotland upping it to 50mph would go a long way, as would enforcing the 60mph limit for cars (as the A9 is well aligned and empty, cars often do nearer 80).
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and links to Aberdeen need improving.
The A90 is mostly done - perhaps a little bit of work in Dundee to remove the roundabouts, but traffic really doesn't warrant full grade-separation - the A90 Dundee-Aberdeen grade separation was done purely on safety grounds.

Or you could be talking A96, which really doesn't have the traffic to warrant it, but Transport Scotland plans to dual the route by about 2025.

If the A9 and A96 deserve to be dualled, then how many roads are more deserving? Plenty, even in Scotland. That said, the EU cohesion funds are going help justify this less than ideal use of money.
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Old January 15th, 2014, 08:11 PM   #3569
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Bristol

Roads Minister opens South West’s first smart motorway scheme

The South West’s first smart motorway scheme has been officially launched today by Roads Minister Robert Goodwill.

The scheme covers seven miles of motorway around the Almondsbury Interchange and includes junctions 19-20 on the M4 and junctions 15-17 on the M5. It will help reduce congestion and improve safety and journey times by introducing variable speed limits and opening the hard shoulder during busy traffic periods.

The smart motorway was delivered within the £88.6 million budget and completed two months ahead of schedule by working closely with contractor Balfour Beatty.
Full press release: http://www.highways.gov.uk/news/pres...torway-scheme/
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Old January 15th, 2014, 08:39 PM   #3570
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By the way...






















Pictures cover the stretch from J17 to J15 of M5 and short bit of M4. Captured last Friday.
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Old January 16th, 2014, 04:03 AM   #3571
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I love that 2nd to last with the arrows sign. Maybe better for them to put sign "floor accelerator and carry on"
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Old January 16th, 2014, 02:22 PM   #3572
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@ Piotr,

Good shots....I took this 11 years ago of the same stretch of road (a bit further south, close to the M48 exit):


Compared to yours:


The gantries are totally different, as are the lines.

Eastboumd M4 before the M32 exit 11 years ago:


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Old January 17th, 2014, 01:21 AM   #3573
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Couldn't they resurface it during the works?
I mean just the top layer.
It can't be that expensive comparing to all the high tech gizmos they installed.
Some stretches looks confusing with remnants of old lines still visible in places, patchy surfaces etc.
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Old January 17th, 2014, 11:56 PM   #3574
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Bristol, 'Smart Motorway', 17.01.2014

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Old January 18th, 2014, 07:05 PM   #3575
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What is so smart about this motorway, except shoulder running and dynamic speed?
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Old January 18th, 2014, 09:29 PM   #3576
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What is so smart about this motorway, except shoulder running and dynamic speed?
"Smart" is one of the definitely overused words in recent years.
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Old January 18th, 2014, 10:07 PM   #3577
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The next buzzwords will be the "sustainable motorway" or "green motorway".
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Old January 19th, 2014, 11:10 AM   #3578
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The next buzzwords will be the "sustainable motorway" or "green motorway".
The German A14 b/n Schwerin and Magdeburg is already called "the greenest Autobahn" .
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Old January 19th, 2014, 07:02 PM   #3579
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The German A14 b/n Schwerin and Magdeburg is already called "the greenest Autobahn" .
Well the M1 from Alfreton to Barnsley will become the Green Motorway if the proposal for a 60mph limit to reduce pollution comes in.
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Old January 19th, 2014, 08:06 PM   #3580
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try 50mph in Amsterdam :S
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