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Old January 25th, 2014, 08:46 AM   #3601
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Old January 26th, 2014, 09:48 PM   #3602
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That is a hard strip next to a soft verge.

Incidentally that road is the B7078 - a secondary road which looks well engineered for this type of road. There is a reason for this because this road used to be one of the carriageways of the old A74 dual carriageway before it was upgraded with a new 'offline' A74(M) motorway which you can see in the photo in the distance. One of the carriageways of the old road has been broken up and landscaped as part of the downgrade of the old A74 to its now B-road status.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 02:40 AM   #3603
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It sounds so crazy, spend money to destroy road...
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Old January 28th, 2014, 02:48 AM   #3604
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Most probably there was no point in maintaining two dual carriageways close to each other.

Something similar happened to some former sections of A1 like here for example:
https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Pon...331.73,,0,5.84
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Old January 28th, 2014, 03:34 PM   #3605
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It sounds so crazy, spend money to destroy road...
If traffic volumes are really low, it can be cheaper to demolish a road than spending money on maintenance for decades.
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Old January 29th, 2014, 07:25 PM   #3606
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If traffic volumes are really low, it can be cheaper to demolish a road than spending money on maintenance for decades.
Even cheaper to leave it as be ( bar perhaps restricting access)... Maybe some kids can enjoy themselves for many more decades on that piece or tarmac!

imo this sign should do:
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Old January 29th, 2014, 08:04 PM   #3607
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Even cheaper to leave it as be ( bar perhaps restricting access)... Maybe some kids can enjoy themselves for many more decades on that piece or tarmac!

imo this sign should do:
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Old January 29th, 2014, 09:00 PM   #3608
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M8 Scotland

Major milestone for M8/M73/M74 motorway improvements project

Major milestone reached for motorway project as contractual costs driven down by over £100 million and early works agreement sealed for advance works to start. Transport Minister Keith Brown today announced the intention to award a contract to construct the new M8 and make improvements to the M73 and M74, which will create hundreds of jobs and will see advanced works start immediately following the signing of an early works agreement.

This contract, with a net present value of £500 million and which includes operation and maintenance of the project roads over 30 years, will be the first roads infrastructure scheme and the largest contract to be awarded as part of the Scottish Government’s £2.5 billion Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) model. NPD helps to deliver economies of scale and efficiencies for the public purse.

In addition, construction costs are now £105 million below original estimates following a robust competitive dialogue with the preferred contractor, SRP (Scot Roads Partnership Project Ltd), bringing huge savings for the public purse.
Full press release: http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/...ements-project
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Old January 30th, 2014, 12:14 AM   #3609
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That is a hard strip next to a soft verge.

Incidentally that road is the B7078 - a secondary road which looks well engineered for this type of road. There is a reason for this because this road used to be one of the carriageways of the old A74 dual carriageway before it was upgraded with a new 'offline' A74(M) motorway which you can see in the photo in the distance. One of the carriageways of the old road has been broken up and landscaped as part of the downgrade of the old A74 to its now B-road status.
The reason they keep one of the carriageways of the old road is so that local traffic and vehicles that are not allowed (e.g. tractors) on Motorways can still access areas that were open to them prior to M'way upgrade. Sections of the A74 and A1 that have been upgraded passed through rural areas with agricultural economies. To give farmers and locals access to fields and villages a parallel route was kept open using one of the abandoned carriageways.
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Old February 13th, 2014, 10:56 PM   #3610
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A477 St clears to Red roses improvement expected completion early May 2014
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Old February 14th, 2014, 02:42 AM   #3611
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Old February 14th, 2014, 04:28 AM   #3612
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Old February 15th, 2014, 12:12 PM   #3613
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Is this a dual carriageway scheme? I couldn't see mention of it in that link.
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Old February 15th, 2014, 12:35 PM   #3614
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Is this a dual carriageway scheme? I couldn't see mention of it in that link.
No, its a single 1+1 road.
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Old February 20th, 2014, 12:34 AM   #3615
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Decided to drive the full length of the A44 on Saturday, then on smaller A roads the rest of the way, I'm a bit bored of the M40 and the M4.
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Old March 21st, 2014, 11:39 PM   #3616
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Road connecting famous A303 with Stonehenge:

Some time in the past...




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Old March 22nd, 2014, 11:55 PM   #3617
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Here are a few pics of the M62 between Manchester and Leeds. Crossing the Pennines, this is the highest stretch of motorway in Britain. You will find the exact locations and bigger sizes at my Panoramio page.

















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Old March 23rd, 2014, 12:50 AM   #3618
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And some pics of the A1 around Newcastle.





















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Old April 1st, 2014, 10:14 AM   #3619
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UK Vignette is in force form today.

UK£10 a day, payable at least a day in advance and capped to £1000 a year per vehicle.

1. Not sure if a year is a UK Tax Year which runs april - april or calendar.
2. ONLY non Uk Registered vehicles of 12 Tonnes or over must pay the vignette which is called a levy and is purely electronic based....not physical paper.

On the spot fine of £300 a stop if you have not paid.
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Old April 1st, 2014, 10:45 AM   #3620
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Levy instructions in many languages here and link to payment site.

http://www.northgate-ispublicservice...-hgv-levy.aspx
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