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Old December 1st, 2014, 02:56 PM   #3921
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In some places on the southside of the M25 yes. And the quality is also very bad around Leatherhead.



The rest of the M25 is in good condition, as it all has been resurfaced with normal tarmac over the last 10 years.
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Old December 1st, 2014, 07:25 PM   #3922
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Could someone please explain why is needed a tunnel on A303 nearby Stonehenge? I looked on the map and it's just empty field.

Anyway, I'll drive myself on Thursday this week on that road (London-Exeter via A303) and I'll see how it is. Unfortunately I won't be able to take pictures.
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Old December 1st, 2014, 07:32 PM   #3923
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You have to realise how bare and open the area around Stonehenge is....except for 1 x really busy road.

Mind you they have been banging on about this A303 tunnel for over 20 years and have done nothing much about it, it has probably been in 12 of the last 9 road policies in the UK.
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Old December 1st, 2014, 07:38 PM   #3924
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Old December 1st, 2014, 08:49 PM   #3925
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Could someone please explain why is needed a tunnel on A303 nearby Stonehenge? I looked on the map and it's just empty field.
Because it's one of the most important historical sites in the world, not just the UK. The tunnels would be quite deep (and bored, not cut) so as to avoid the wealth of archaeology in the area around the stones.

Given the road predates the stones, I imagine there's tons of stuff where a second surface carriageway would go.
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and the Geotechnical work has thrown up issues. The A303 runs L-R below Stonehenge and the grey bit shows radar surveys.

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There was an interesting documentary on the Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project on TV here recently. (The Smithsonian Channel) Might be on line if anyone's interested.

Sorry, OT.
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Old December 1st, 2014, 09:53 PM   #3928
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However the A303 is a shocking road elsewhere. A lot of it is single carriageway and I remember some of it is 2+1 ...dunno if built as 2+1 or retrofitted. It is riddled with at grade roundabouts, even between DC bits.

It is the main road from SW England (population of Dorset/Devon/Cornwall is c.2m year round) to London and the summer population could be 3m in July and August.

I avoid it in July and August and sunny bank holiday weekends in May....like the plague
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People wouldn't just use the M5 and M4?
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In some places on the southside of the M25 yes. And the quality is also very bad around Leatherhead.



The rest of the M25 is in good condition, as it all has been resurfaced with normal tarmac over the last 10 years.
I think that motorways who are made out of concrete are a waste of money,because they need to be reconstructed with asphalt and then motorway looks bad and it's not so flat. I think that Poland is going to have big problems.
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Old December 1st, 2014, 10:33 PM   #3931
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People wouldn't just use the M5 and M4?

God no, I prefer Motorail me. Or Ryanair to Cornwall.

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Old December 1st, 2014, 11:29 PM   #3932
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Here's a list of schemes - some of the descriptions are vague, and many schemes had already been announced. It is basically a list of everything on the trunk road network approved since 2010
  • M1 J13 to J19: smart motorway
  • M1 J19 improvement: free-flow access to A14 (under construction)
  • M1 J23A to J24: smart motorway (announced later than J24-25)
  • M1 J24 to J25: smart motorway
  • M1 J28 to J32: smart motorway
  • M1 J32 to J35A: smart motorway
  • M1 J35A to J39: Smart motorway (coming later than the surrounding sections)
  • M1 J39 to J42: smart motorway
  • M1/M62 Lofthouse Interchange: major enhancement for additional capacity
  • M1 J45: improvement to increase capacity
  • M2 J5 improvements: slip roads and approaches improved
  • M3 J2 to J4A: smart motorway
  • M3 J9 improvement: more freeflowing connections, widening
  • M3 J9 to J14: smart motorway
  • M3 J10 to 11 improved sliproads: technology, widening and realignment
  • M3 J12 to 13 improved sliproads: carriageway widening and reconfiguration
  • M4 J3 to J12: smart motorway
  • M4 Heathrow slip road: J4 and J4a pinchpoint signing and signals, underpass and mitigation
  • M4/M5 Smart Motorways: completed
  • M5 J4A to J6: smart motorway
  • M5 J23: improvements
  • M6 J2 to J4: smart motorway
  • M6 J10 improvement: widening roundabout to 4 lanes for additional capacity
  • M6 J10a-13: smart motorway
  • M6 J13 to J15: smart motorway (announced later than 10a to 13)
  • M6 J16 to J19: smart motorway
  • M6 J19 improvements
  • M6 J21A to J26: smart motorway
  • M11 J7 upgrade: extra capacity via significant upgrades and more tech
  • M11 J8 to J14 technology upgrade: including emergency roadside telephones, signals on slip roads, Motorway Incident detection and automatic signalling, variable message signs, CCTV cameras and gantries; work to take place in 3 phases.
  • M20 J3 to J5: smart motorway
  • M20 J10A: new junction
  • M23 J8 to J10: smart motorway
  • M25 J5-6/7: smart motorway (completed)
  • M25 J10: conversion to totally freeflowing interchange, including upgrades on the A3 at Painshill
  • M25 J10 to J16: 4 lanes throughout, creation of 5+ lane smart motorway
  • M25 J23-27: smart motorway (complete)
  • M25 J25 improvement: widening, signals, free-flow left turn
  • M25 J28 improvement: left turn lanes, other stuff
  • M25 J30: freeflow slips A282 -> A13 East
  • M27 J4 to J11: smart motorway
  • M27 Southampton junctions: J5 to J8 widening and signalisation of slip roads, local road improvements
  • M27 J10: developer funded creation of full-access junction
  • M49 Avonmouth junction: new junction to support development
  • M53 J5 to J11: Smart Motorway
  • M55 J2: new junction
  • M56 J6 to J8: smart motorway
  • M56 J11A: new junction
  • M60 J24 to J4: smart motorway
  • M60 J8 to M62 J20: smart motorway
  • M60 J18: more free-flowing movements
  • M62 J10 to J12: smart motorway
  • M62 J20 to J25: smart motorway
  • M62 J22: upgrade of junction providing additional capacity
  • M62 J25 to J30: Smart motorway (completed 2013)
  • M62/M606 Chain Bar: free-flowing slip road
  • M271/A35 Redbridge Roundabout: dedicated left turn lane and free-flow onto M271
  • M621 J1 to J7: junction enhancements and localised widening of sections
  • Lower Thames Crossing: at or downstream of Dartford
  • A1(M) J6 to J8: smart motorway (including adding an addition lane to make a potential 4 lanes)
  • A1(M) Doncaster Bypass: widening to D3
  • A1 J38 to J40: upgrade to motorway
  • A1 J51 to J56: upgrade to D3 motorway
  • A1 and A19 technology enhancements: bringing both roads in Tyne and Wear to motorway standard, CCTV, detection loops, Variable Message Signs.
  • A1 J65 to J67: widening to D3
  • A1 J67 to J71: widening to D3, C-D roads between J68 and J69 (already started)
  • A1 J74 to J79: narrow lane widening to create D3 throughout and D4 between some junction
  • A1 Morpeth to Ellingham dualling
  • A1 north of Ellingham: climbing lanes, improved junctions, better crossing facilities
  • A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junctions: improvements
  • A3 Guildford: widening to D3, junction improvements
  • A5-M1 link road: northern bypass of Dunstable
  • A11 Fiveways: dualling final stretch - completed recently
  • A12 whole route tech upgrade
  • A12 M25 to Chelmsford: widening to D3, dealing with congestion problems and unifying standards
  • A12 Chelmsford to A120 widening: J19 to J25 widening to D3
  • A12 Colchester bypass widening: to D3 with junction improvements
  • A14 Kettering bypass widening: D3 from J7 to J9
  • A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon: new build and widening between J20 and J33
  • A19 Norton to Wynyard: widening Billingham bypass to D3 and replacing concrete surface
  • A19 Down Hill Lane junction improvement: higher capacity A1290 junction
  • A19 Testos: grade-separation
  • A19 Silverlink Junction: conversion to a 3-level interchange
  • A20 Access to Dover: improve two junctions to be free-flow for A20 traffic
  • A21 Tonbridge to Pembury: dual carriageway, plugging gap in DC
  • A23 Handcross to Warninglid: widening to D3 (completed)
  • A27 Chichester improvement: upgrade of junctions on bypass
  • A27 Arundel bypass: dual carriageway, all sorts of consultation needed
  • A27 Worthing and Lancing improvements: improvements to capacity
  • A30 Temple to Higher Carblake and Chiverton to Carland Cross: two schemes in Cornwall, filling gaps in the Expressway standard road.
  • A31 Ringwood: widening to 3 lanes, junction and local road changes
  • A34 Technology enhancements: M4 to M40
  • A34 Oxford Junctions: improvements at Peartree and Botley interchanges
  • A38 Derby: grade-separation of junctions to complete Expressway in E Midlands
  • A45-A46 Tollbar End: grade-separated junction (under construction)
  • A47 Wansford to Sutton: dualling, plugging a gap in DC
  • A47 Guyhirn junction: larger roundabout at A141
  • A47 North Tuddenham to Easton: dualling, plugging a gap in DC
  • A47/A11 Thickthorn Junction: improvement
  • A47 Blofield to North Burlingham: dualling, plugging a gap in DC
  • A47/A12 junction enhancements: rebuilding Vauxhall Roundabout
  • A50 Uttoxeter: grade separation of junctions
  • A47 Acle Straight:
  • A57(?) Mottram Moor Link Road (including link to A57): links M67 to Wooley (oddly no Hadfield bypass)
  • A61 dualling: A616 to M1 J36
  • A63 Castle Street: grade seperation of A1079 junction in Hull, safety improvements in area around there for, inc pedestrian/cycle links across A63
  • A64 Hopgrove: grade separation
  • A160/A180 Immingham: Improvements to the junction
  • A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down: Stonehenge tunnel and approaches
  • A303 Sparkford - Ilchester dualling: fills a gap in the dual carraigway
  • A358 Taunton to Southfields: dual carriageway between M5 and A303
  • A417 'missing link' at Air Balloon: plugs gap in dual carraigeway. Issue with the environmental sensitivity of the site.
  • A453 widening: dual carraigway/S4 in urban bits), junction improvements (under construction)
  • A500 Eruria Widening: between Wolstanton and Porthill
  • A556 Knutsford to Bowdon: D3 Expressway between M6 and M56
  • A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool: bypass
  • A5036 Princess Way: 'comprehensive upgrade' between Port of Liverpool (Bootle) and M57/M58
and some studies
  • A1 East of England feasibility study: looking at safety and performance of M25 to Peterborough
  • M25 SW quadrant study: looking at long term options
  • Manchester NW Quadrant Study: looking at all modes to ensure the road network can cope
  • Northern Trans-Pennine Study: looking at making A69 and/or A66 Expressway between A1 and M6
  • Oxford to Cambridge expressway: looking at upgrading existing roads to make Oxford-MK-Cambridge expressway
  • Trans-Pennine Tunnel Study: looking at viability of tunnel to link Manchester and Sheffield
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Old December 1st, 2014, 11:46 PM   #3933
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However the A303 is a shocking road elsewhere. A lot of it is single carriageway and I remember some of it is 2+1 ...dunno if built as 2+1 or retrofitted.
Other than a couple of bits south of Warminster, and the 2+1 Ilminster bypass, its approved as D2 between the M3 and M5.

They delayed stuff in Somerset for when the Stonehenge bottleneck happens.

You have 2.1 miles, 7.4 miles, 6.4 miles (or 21.4 miles if going via A30) once the announced schemes are done. A total of 18 miles out of 95 is 19%. And that includes the S2+1.
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It is riddled with at grade roundabouts, even between DC bits.
The first roundabout is the Countess one at Amesbury, which will be grade-separated when the Stonehenge tunnel is built (and is sat waiting for it). The next is Sparkford, which might be done with that dualling scheme. Then there's Podimore (again, might be done in the Sparkford-Ilchester dualling scheme. Also is merely awaiting a flyover/underpass). Two more roundabouts (A3088, South Petherton) before Southfields, which might be done with the A358 dualling.

5 roundabouts - not bad for 95 miles (via A358) or 115 miles (via A30) between the M3 and M5. Perhaps down to 2 when the announced schemes are done
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M62 J25 to J30: Smart motorway (completed 2013)
I'd be fairly sure they will definitely maybe do that stretch first. There must be an election coming up soon is all I'll say about that list.
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 03:49 PM   #3935
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Oh no! That list of schemes means that the M49 will no longer be the only motorway in the UK with no junctions of its own.
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Old December 18th, 2014, 11:45 PM   #3936
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A11 Cambridge - Norwich

A11 dual carriageway opens

A multi-million pound investment to upgrade a vital transport link in the East of England came to fruition today (12 December) as the new A11 dual carriageway was opened by the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

The £105 million improvement to more than nine miles of the A11 – a key route between the M11 and Norwich – will bring a significant boost to the economy, reduce congestion and improve road safety.

The Highways Agency scheme between the Fiveways roundabout and Thetford has involved widening 5.5 miles of the A11, building a new 3.6 mile bypass around the village of Elveden, and five new structures.

Press release: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/a...riageway-opens
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I remember that Top Gear UK episode wherein Jeremy Clarkson was doing night driving to see if he can travel from Land's End in Cornwall all the way to Lowestoft in Suffolk........in under 7 hours.



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Lowestoft is a bastard to get to. Ît's not so bad when coming from London using the A12, but no proper road to the north of England and it takes hours and hours to get to a decent motorway or dual carriagway when heading to for example Yorkshire.
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