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Old August 2nd, 2014, 05:09 PM   #3761
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I noticed very advanced roadworks going on on one of the most ridiculous junction I have seen - "Catthorpe Interchange".
Yes - they are removing local access, making an M6-A14 through route and adding free-flowing slip roads from the M1 to/from the north to the A14.
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Old August 2nd, 2014, 09:02 PM   #3762
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But don't forget the massive number of lane-miles added to the network since '94. The amount of widening has been rather high. Rather than expanding the network, there's been a focus on getting more out of the routes we already have.

And it's not like motorways are the be-all-and-end-all. The SE has a reasonable, and growing, expressway network.

No one is complaining that the Dutch aren't doing stuff, but they have also opened very little motorway in the last 20 years.
Yes, there is some widening, unfortunately recently mostly done on the cheap by introducing shoulder running.

But there are still massive gaps in the network. For example A1 should be motorway all the way from London to Edinburgh. I drove few stretches of this road recently and calling it "expressway" is a bit of a stretch: roundabouts, narrow winding lanes, direct access to some random garages etc.

Those British expressways are a bit of hit or miss. Some of them are decent (basically motorway without the wide hard shoulder) but other are just a joke.

I like British motorways, they are well design and pleasure to drive (of course off peak) but I think network should be expanded to allow more alternative routes.
For example M1 is so full partially because A1 is so crap in places.
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Old August 2nd, 2014, 11:01 PM   #3763
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Catthorpe Interchange

Here is a "detour" one has to make if wish to join A14 from M1 North bound. There is a need to pull over on M6, then turn around on the first exit, cross two traffic lights sets, and finally go under M1 through another lights and roundabout. Hopefully, after completing reconstruction of "Catthorpe Interchange" it will be far more straightforward.

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Old August 3rd, 2014, 12:38 AM   #3764
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I could never understand why the Humber Bridge was built as a suspension bridge at all. Hardly any boats go underneath it...maybe they did when it was designed but not by the time they built it.

Britains nicest suspension bridge by a long way, it has a certain loneliness about it.
Plenty of boats on the Humber, there are many wharves up river from Hull and the port at Goole is for the UK a busy one.

The bridge was built as part of a larger scheme that as usual was never finished.
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Old August 3rd, 2014, 12:39 AM   #3765
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Here is a "detour" one has to make if wish to join A14 from M1 North bound. There is a need to pull over on M6, then turn around on the first exit, cross two traffic lights sets, and finally go under M1 through another lights and roundabout. Hopefully, after completing reconstruction of "Catthorpe Interchange" it will be far more straightforward.
Yes - you will head up the M6, u-turn at J1, and then go under the M1 and not have to stop.


Or just take the A45, which performs the strategic movements (like the M69 performs the M6 to Leicester movements), cutting off the corner. (local routes exist for local traffic).
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Old August 4th, 2014, 12:07 AM   #3766
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British road network is really strange, especially reliance on A-routes for long distances, etc. It seems like they chose to have fewer corridors but then also made the roads small... some of the roads are just glaringly under-capacity, like having the M25 and other SE / London motorways without a quadruple-carriageway configuration
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Old August 4th, 2014, 01:32 AM   #3767
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Few of my shots of M25
















I have a question about the variable speed limit. If the signs are off and it is all back to the national speed limit are the speed cameras off or do they still work and police the 70mph limit?
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Old August 4th, 2014, 01:42 AM   #3768
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Old August 4th, 2014, 01:47 AM   #3769
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A1(M) another better stretch of the A1










Again back to narrow A1






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Old August 4th, 2014, 04:40 PM   #3770
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I have a question about the variable speed limit. If the signs are off and it is all back to the national speed limit are the speed cameras off or do they still work and police the 70mph limit?
Same as the SW quadrant - still on, but enforcing the 70 limit with a very generous 90mph trigger speed. IIRC.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 11:29 PM   #3771
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Same as the SW quadrant - still on, but enforcing the 70 limit with a very generous 90mph trigger speed. IIRC.
90mph trigger? Wow that's really generous. Is there any way of verifying that info?
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Old August 4th, 2014, 11:39 PM   #3772
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Going along it at both 89 and 91 (two times) and seeing how many letters you get, I guess...
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Old August 6th, 2014, 03:23 PM   #3773
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Queensferry Crossing

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-...-fife-28673297

Queensferry Crossing reaches construction half way stage

The three towers of the Queensferry Crossing are now at road deck level. Transport Scotland said the project was on time and under budget.

The current budget range for the project is £1.4bn to £1.45bn, down from £1.45bn to £1.6bn in 2011
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Old August 7th, 2014, 01:37 AM   #3774
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Saw this one international news a few minutes ago:



I salute the owner/builder of that road........because he has 'balls' and initiative.



https://twitter.com/KelstonTollRoad
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Old August 7th, 2014, 02:18 AM   #3775
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I saw that, I wonder what happens if there's an accident on that road since it's private. I don't think police has any jurisdiction there or am I wrong?

EDIT: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/s...stol-bath-a431
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Old August 7th, 2014, 02:29 AM   #3776
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I saw that, I wonder what happens if there's an accident on that road since it's private. I don't think police has any jurisdiction there or am I wrong?

EDIT: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/s...stol-bath-a431
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Apparently, they were also discussing this in the SABRE roads forum

http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/forum/...33268&start=20
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Old August 8th, 2014, 12:11 AM   #3777
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Dude rented a field off a farmer and built the road around a landslide section of public road. He has until christmas to make at least UK100k before he makes any profit. I suspect that the local council might not be too serious about planning rules until then,.

He also has to remove the road himself, sooner or later.
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Old August 8th, 2014, 03:12 PM   #3778
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M25 right now brought to me live from a friend and colleague driver, with the following text:

Welcome to the road to hell M25 car park lovely just wot i need on a friday mmmm

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Old August 8th, 2014, 04:00 PM   #3779
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M25 right now brought to me live from a friend and colleague driver, with the following text:

Welcome to the road to hell M25 car park lovely just wot i need on a friday mmmm
We should build the M31.
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Old August 8th, 2014, 06:53 PM   #3780
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Saw this one international news a few minutes ago:

I salute the owner/builder of that road........because he has 'balls' and initiative.



https://twitter.com/KelstonTollRoad
Now that's a troll road .
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