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Old April 1st, 2014, 03:35 PM   #3621
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Sounds like an April Fool's Day joke.
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Old April 1st, 2014, 04:58 PM   #3622
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It's not: https://www.gov.uk/government/collec...road-user-levy
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Old April 1st, 2014, 05:07 PM   #3623
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Ah it's for trucks over 12 tonnes. I thought it was for cars (it was not specified in Sponge Bob's first post).

This sounds similar to the Eurovignette system for trucks that The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg and Sweden have. In fact, the UK was one of the very last countries in Europe not to have a tolling system for (foreign) trucks. This leaves only Finland as a large country where there are no truck tolls.
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Old April 1st, 2014, 05:22 PM   #3624
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The tolls are definitely not going to be a game-changer in road funding. The additional tax revenue is estimated at 20 million pounds annually.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speech...road-user-levy
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Old April 1st, 2014, 05:26 PM   #3625
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UK Vignette

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.
Oh yes I did Chris.
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Old April 4th, 2014, 06:57 PM   #3626
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AA have reported that 40% of surveyed members would described the roads in their neighbourhoods as 'terrible'.

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Potholes: sharp rise in roads in 'terrible' shape
The AA's latest Streetwatch survey has suggested the nation's roads are being decimated by potholes.
40% of respondents to the survey reported that their local roads were in ‘terrible condition’, a big jump from the 29% who said the same thing in the last survey in October last year.
The study, which saw 23,911 AA members surveyed, also revealed a fall in those saying that their roads were in ‘excellent’ condition from 18% in October to just 11% in March.
These revelations follow the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey, which suggested it would cost a staggering £12 billion to get Britain’s roads back into a decent condition for drivers.
http://www.lovemoney.com/news/cars-c...wcomments=true
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Old April 4th, 2014, 08:13 PM   #3627
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Sure, there are a fair few potholes, but I doubt they quite know what a terrible road is.
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Old April 4th, 2014, 11:16 PM   #3628
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They have sure not visited southern France.
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Old April 5th, 2014, 10:48 AM   #3629
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Nor they have visited Eastern Europe
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Old April 5th, 2014, 11:01 AM   #3630
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Hmm. I have some pics and will post them soon. It's maybe hard to believe but many secondary and 3 digits A roads are in really bad condition. I drive around the country and can see hundreds of potholes, cracks and poorly maintained stretches every day. Motorways are not exceptions. As a proof a coil spring in one of my vehicles has been broken recently (I may capture it if you do not believe)

Another thing is surprisingly low quality of patches. After several months they are just washed up and got wider. And even stretches completely refurbished do not survive too long such as, say, M25 between M4 and M1.
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Old April 5th, 2014, 04:38 PM   #3631
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Maintenance is also inconsistent. Something I have seen on a fair few trunk roads is better sections of road being prioritised for resurfacing over sections that are disintegrating. For example, where the hard shoulder is being converted to a traffic lane on the M25 between J5 and J6 small sections of carriageway have been resurfaced, yet they have completely missed the sections which were in the worst condition. They resurfaced the bits which were alright, whilst other bits have potholes and cracks.

Quality control has been poor in those roadworks though. They painted some permanent white lines, and 50% of them were worn out after just one month, so they have been painted again. They also painted white lines and put in cats eyes, only to then resurface sections of the road and have to do the job all over again.

Inconsistency stretches beyond road surfaces. Whilst LED street lighting is said to be low maintenance, and something you could in theory install and forget about for 20 years, it hasn't stopped the Highways Agency from fitting LED lanterns to 1970s columns. And on the south coast, a lot of money was spent on trunk road lighting upgrades and replacements, yet the trunk road lighting which was structurally failing and in worst condition was left to deteriorate. Again, they prioritise replacing stuff that is in good condition over replacing stuff that is in a dangerous state.
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Old April 5th, 2014, 10:19 PM   #3632
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Portsmouth, Park & Ride



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Portsmouth's new park and ride service runs seven days a week, is situated at a purpose-built location on the M275 entrance to Portsmouth, and launches on 5 April 2014.

The new service includes:

Free Wi-Fi
An introductory price of £2 a day
A smartcard system offering substantial savings
Park & Ride

Well, let's have a look what they've done





















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Old April 5th, 2014, 10:50 PM   #3633
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Portsmouth, Park & Ride













New slip road towards city centre. Further down M275 number of lanes has been reduced. Instead of 3 there are now 2 lanes heading Portsmouth. Third lane has been replaced with newly opened bus lane. It obviously causes extended traffic jams on M275, which isn't bad considering intentions of building such a nice P&R here, however, in my opinion, number of parking spaced here is far from sufficient.



New signing board, far, far clearer than the previous one.








I will also post a short video soon, recorded in P&R.
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Old April 6th, 2014, 12:33 AM   #3634
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Portsmouth, Park & Ride

...and the movie:

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Old April 6th, 2014, 02:17 PM   #3635
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They could at least put healthier stuff in the vending machine, no?
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Old April 6th, 2014, 09:40 PM   #3636
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It says M27 (E) on the signs, even though technically speaking the M27 disappears at the same number junction as the M275 merges into.
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Old April 8th, 2014, 01:53 PM   #3637
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New signing board, far, far clearer than the previous one.
It is rather a clutter than clarity. The motorway sign already rules out cyclists and pedestrians from using this road. It wouldn't have needed another totally redundant sign to display the very same message.
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Old April 8th, 2014, 02:35 PM   #3638
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I meant another sign. I do not subtitle pictures, I rather over-title them.

Old signage...






...comparing to the new one:
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Old April 8th, 2014, 04:16 PM   #3639
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The motorway sign already rules out cyclists and pedestrians from using this road. It wouldn't have needed another totally redundant sign to display the very same message.
Maybe they have not seen the new training video yet. Best to be sure to be sure and to be sure again.

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Old April 8th, 2014, 06:39 PM   #3640
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It is rather a clutter than clarity. The motorway sign already rules out cyclists and pedestrians from using this road. It wouldn't have needed another totally redundant sign to display the very same message.
Ah, but do motorway regs not start 10m up the road where the chopsticks are? Therefore the sign is needed to ban peds and cyclists from that 10m stretch of highway.

Portsmouth CC are poor on signage, though they have improved the awfulness of what was on the motorway before (and the signing of M27 rather than A27 for Brighton and London has always been there at that junction, even on the mainline - its not just a Pompey CC thing).
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