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Old June 16th, 2014, 01:47 AM   #3701
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Aproches to the ferries:


Long queue of lorries on Saturday, all the way past the last roundabout on A20 after Dover.














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Old June 16th, 2014, 01:51 AM   #3702
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Old June 18th, 2014, 01:44 AM   #3703
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Few more shots which I just retrieved from my girlfriend's camera
Devon trip:




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At least one sign with A303


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Old June 18th, 2014, 11:27 AM   #3704
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I just spent 2 days on Jersey. The traffic there is unbelievable for such a small island...
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Old June 18th, 2014, 12:32 PM   #3705
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Among the highest car ownership in the world and only the A17-A2 route as a high capacity road.
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Old June 20th, 2014, 10:25 PM   #3706
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A14, Thrapston - Cambridge













What do that signs apply to?


There is several such cross roads on this stretch. Some are pretty similar to Spanish loop-like junctions.










Slip roads ending in such way are rather relic of sixties.






One of the mentiones Spanish style junctions; if you want to turn right you have to pull off to the left first.
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Old June 20th, 2014, 10:33 PM   #3707
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A14, Thrapston - Cambridge

Double yellow lines make this lay-by pretty obvious.










As far as I know, there are plans to exclude this roundabout and by-pass it with a free flow section.
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Old June 21st, 2014, 11:33 AM   #3708
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The double yellow lines in the layby mean that parking is forbidden, you can only stop there to use the emergency telephone. There are several of these on the A14. The blue sign in your seventh photo with the red cross means that the road is a clearway i.e. no stopping unless you have broken down.
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Old June 21st, 2014, 12:18 PM   #3709
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I know that. I asked to which part of the road those signs apply; do they include lay-by as well? In my opinion, they are posted in wrong place. If they were erected before lay-by or just after, there would not be ambiguity at all.
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Old June 21st, 2014, 12:30 PM   #3710
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Isn't it forbidden to stop at a single unbroken line too? Or it's only double yellow that you can't stop at?
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Old June 21st, 2014, 01:29 PM   #3711
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I know that. I asked to which part of the road those signs apply; do they include lay-by as well? In my opinion, they are posted in wrong place. If they were erected before lay-by or just after, there would not be ambiguity at all.
TBH it is probably sloppiness that puts it in a lay-by. On the A14 only the emergency ones are double yellow lined but they are signposted as such. As it's summer however many of these signs are now invisible due to a lack of cutting back of shrubbery by the roadside.
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Old June 21st, 2014, 05:42 PM   #3712
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The A14's a massive national embarrassment. The main transport link to a whole region of the country including one of our major container ports shouldn't be a pathetic little duel-carriageway. I know they're improving parts of it, but the whole think from Cathorpe to Felixstowe needs to be up graded to a 3 lane motorway with hard shoulders, service areas and a single carriageway A road running parallel to most of it to handle local traffic between the motorway junctions.
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Old June 21st, 2014, 07:07 PM   #3713
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A14, Thrapston - Cambridge











Another roundabout ahead.


Following part of A14 is completely packed up with lorries. I am wondering whether it was a good idea to make them banned from overtaking lane in certain hours or it would have caused unnecessary mess; no space for all those vehicles willing to pull over to exits?




Average speed cameras.






Blind summit. Quite unusual sign for dual carriageway, however pretty useful here, considering huge traffic.






Lorries, lorries, lorries....




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Old June 21st, 2014, 07:13 PM   #3714
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M11.




The end.
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Old June 21st, 2014, 07:16 PM   #3715
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A43, Corby Link Road

Newly opened Geddington by-pass, called Corby Link Road. Red marks on the map show older A43 corridor, currently A4300. Actual link road starts in about 0:40.




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Old June 21st, 2014, 10:34 PM   #3716
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Queensferry Crossing

The Queensferry Crossing (new Forth Road Bridge) in Scotland is taking shape.


Queensferry Crossing looking South by Briantc, on Flickr


Queensferry Crossing - 2 Pillars by Briantc, on Flickr
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Old June 23rd, 2014, 05:22 PM   #3717
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Okay, I've seen those symbols before but six in a group? Good a time as any to ask what the f. they all mean. :-)
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Old June 23rd, 2014, 05:59 PM   #3718
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They are official diversionary routes that mean that they only have to put out two signs when closing part of a trunk road - ones at either end saying "Diversion: Follow <shape>".

6 is quite excessive, but 2 of them would be A1 between Brampton Hut and Alconbury and A14 between Alconbury and Spittals. A428 and A47 for another 2? M25 between A1 and M11?
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Old June 26th, 2014, 11:48 AM   #3719
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What is the AADT on the A14?
This road is so damn busy. It really needs widening to proper motorway ASAP.
But I guess all the usual NIMBYs will get field day if anyone tries.
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Old June 26th, 2014, 12:53 PM   #3720
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they are going to widen it to D3/D4 http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/roa...vement-scheme/

However, that will provide a pretty low level of service from Day 1 - better than currently, but still far from great.

There are no NIMBY moanings as far as I know - sensible "how high would this bridge be?", "how noisy would the new road be?" here questions of impact, but the A14 is so bad that they will put up with it in their back yard as long as the impact/compensation balance is fine.

It's a scheme that is a sticking plaster without acknowledgement (and even denial) of the medium-term future where the online-upgrades need to be upgraded again, done by people who haven't given much thought to it (I got a non-answer when I asked if pedestrians and cyclists would be banned. They also barely seem to notice that there's quite a bit of N-S traffic there - though they did change the Brampton junction so that it wasn't more than half the traffic leaving the A14 onto a loop ramp!) other than draw some lines on a map and run it through a traffic simulation program.
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