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Old June 26th, 2014, 01:00 PM   #3721
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Oh, 2011 traffic figures (from https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...fic_Report.pdf)
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Name of segment         |Junctions*|AADT
A14 West of A1          | 20-21    |41500
A14 Spur east of A1(M)  | 23-A1    |43000
A14 Through Huntingdon  | 23-24    |72000
A14 Swavesey to Bar Hill| 28-29    |77000
A14 Bar Hill to Girton  | 29-31    |91000
A14 Cambridge Northern Bypass|31-32|63000
*guess work in some cases
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Old June 27th, 2014, 10:27 PM   #3722
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M25, Cobham Services

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Old June 27th, 2014, 10:34 PM   #3723
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M1, J10-J10A

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Luton Borough Council is carrying out carriageway re-alignment and construction of a grade separated junction on the approach to the airport between J10 and J10A of the M1. During the work, there will be lane closures between 9pm and 6am with narrow lanes remaining in place 24 hours a day in both directions and 30 and 50mph speed limits for safety reasons. Work will be carried out in phases with completion planned for June 2015. For further details, contact Luton Borough Council Highways on 01582 510330 or visit www.luton.gov.uk




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Old June 27th, 2014, 10:50 PM   #3724
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A1 / A6001 Biggleswade

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A1 / A6001 Biggleswade, Bedfordshire: Roundabout improvements
Central Bedfordshire Council is carrying out work to improve the Biggleswade South roundabout, which started in February 2014. This work will require overnight carriageway closures and lane closures on the A1 between 9pm and 6am with narrow lanes remaining in place 24 hours a day in both directions and 40 and 50mph speed limits for safety reasons. Work is due to be completed on 16 August 2014. For further details, contact Central Bedfordshire Council Highways on 0800 032 9760 / [email protected] or visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.




























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Old June 27th, 2014, 10:56 PM   #3725
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Old June 27th, 2014, 11:13 PM   #3726
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A load of wash costs me $1.50....
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Old June 28th, 2014, 11:13 PM   #3727
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Yeah, but I'm guessing that truck drivers would be inclined to pay a premium to wash their clothing whilst stopped for a rest. It's not like they can drive into a town centre easily and park in front of a laundromat.
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Old June 29th, 2014, 12:44 AM   #3728
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Okay, to the extent I thought about it at all, the thought process was something like: (1) "Laundromat at a service area? Cool. What'll they think of next?" (2) "But you'd have to stay by your stuff in case it was stolen." (3) "Damn, that's expensive, too." But I was thinking general travelers rather than truck drivers.
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Old June 29th, 2014, 08:57 PM   #3729
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It's important since the last place the truckers could wash would probably be Germany
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Old June 30th, 2014, 11:59 PM   #3730
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A load of wash costs me $1.50....
These are UK service stations though which shows at its best how Rip off Britain is at work. Huge mark-up on everything food and drink wise and also for fuel - a good 8-10 pence per litre more (approx 30-40 cents per US gallon if that's more meaningful).

Hence I avoid unless I need to stop to use the toilet facilities and take my own snack and drinkage if i'm on a long hike, or stop off in a town next to the motorway.

I had a 500 mile trip back from north east Scotland on Sunday and stopped in Lockerbie and ate in a local pub. Much more relaxing also than being in a place where you're treated to advert after advert everywhere you walk. Even when your stood at a urinal (in the toilets obviously) your staring at an advert, usually for radar detectors or treatments for erectile dysfunctions.

These places are bonkers.
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Old July 1st, 2014, 02:55 AM   #3731
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These are UK service stations though which shows at its best how Rip off Britain is at work. Huge mark-up on everything food and drink wise and also for fuel - a good 8-10 pence per litre more (approx 30-40 cents per US gallon if that's more meaningful).

Hence I avoid unless I need to stop to use the toilet facilities and take my own snack and drinkage if i'm on a long hike, or stop off in a town next to the motorway.

I had a 500 mile trip back from north east Scotland on Sunday and stopped in Lockerbie and ate in a local pub. Much more relaxing also than being in a place where you're treated to advert after advert everywhere you walk. Even when your stood at a urinal (in the toilets obviously) your staring at an advert, usually for radar detectors or treatments for erectile dysfunctions.

These places are bonkers.
All you said is true but...
I somehow like the motorway service stations. I guess it partially comes from my memories of good times hitchhiking when I was still at university but apart from that the service stations have this weird, non-place, atmosphere with strange and random mix of people. They epitomize pure movement.
I think there was documentary about it a while ago, probably on the BBC.

Of course if you look for a good food then avoid services at any cost but once on a drive I only need snack from McD or BK. It is all part of travel ambient

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Old July 1st, 2014, 03:27 AM   #3732
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These are UK service stations though which shows at its best how Rip off Britain is at work. Huge mark-up on everything food and drink wise and also for fuel - a good 8-10 pence per litre more (approx 30-40 cents per US gallon if that's more meaningful).

Hence I avoid unless I need to stop to use the toilet facilities and take my own snack and drinkage if i'm on a long hike, or stop off in a town next to the motorway.

I had a 500 mile trip back from north east Scotland on Sunday and stopped in Lockerbie and ate in a local pub. Much more relaxing also than being in a place where you're treated to advert after advert everywhere you walk. Even when your stood at a urinal (in the toilets obviously) your staring at an advert, usually for radar detectors or treatments for erectile dysfunctions.

These places are bonkers.
Coming from (living in, for that matter...) a country where they're relatively rare - generally speaking, only toll roads have service areas on the side of the roadway - they do have a certain novelty value to me. Yes, I'm weird.
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Old July 1st, 2014, 04:17 AM   #3733
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Service stations at junctions have prices no higher than the surrounding area.

AFAICS, the price differential has decreased in recent years, even on fuel. You are still paying for convenience, but less than you used to have to.
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 03:07 PM   #3734
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Coming from (living in, for that matter...) a country where they're relatively rare - generally speaking, only toll roads have service areas on the side of the roadway - they do have a certain novelty value to me. Yes, I'm weird.
Well here in the US you can just get off any major interstate and usually find the same collective of Arby's, Waffle House, BK, Wendy's, KFC, Taco Bell or Dunkin Donuts plus 8 different gas stations and hotels / motels. They tend to be a bit more conscious of urban planning in British & European cities where there simply isn't the space to have those things. Also there are many decent service areas along the Florida Turnpike for example. They've improved a lot over the years.
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Old July 7th, 2014, 12:34 AM   #3735
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Few shots from London
A2 in Eltham








Signs in Lewisham, I quite like those two


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Old July 7th, 2014, 12:42 AM   #3736
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Now few unusuall shots from London.
Yes, the below shots were all taken inside administrative boundaries of London as well as inside the M25
They were taken around village of Downe in the far south end of borough of Bromley












passing places in London


So we can technically call this set "the streets of London"
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Old July 7th, 2014, 02:50 AM   #3737
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Brilliant. I've been watching the roads of (mostly) Yorkshire for two days on TV. The Tour de France.
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Old July 9th, 2014, 01:05 PM   #3738
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Story is slightly old now but thought I'd post it up

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/sittingb...oposals-18576/
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Old July 13th, 2014, 12:41 PM   #3739
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Few pictures from my first driving experience in the UK.

Evening on M6 heading to Birmingham:



On M40 from Birmingham to London. They did quite a big excavation here instead of a tunnel:



Driving on the "wrong" side, steering wheel on the right...



Still on M40, but closer to London:



Entering the ultra-congested M25 (London Orbital):



Traffic was really bad on M25 (London Orbital). But at least I saw an Airbus A380 departing from Heathrow Airport:

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Old July 13th, 2014, 07:35 PM   #3740
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That sort of traffic is usual on that part of the M25.
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