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Old June 21st, 2015, 10:34 AM   #4041
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The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route / Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) project is under construction.

http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/...medie-tipperty

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Old June 21st, 2015, 05:10 PM   #4042
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A road far up in the North: A961 from St. Margaret's Hope to Kirkwall on the Orkney islands, Scotland. The road crosses several small islands before continuing on Mainland, the main island of Orkney.

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Old June 21st, 2015, 05:40 PM   #4043
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Most of the bridges/causeways you crossed there Corvinius were built by Italian prisoners between 1940 and 1942. There is a little Italian Church around there to remember them by!
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Old July 1st, 2015, 11:26 AM   #4044
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M20 is closed in both directions due to 'operation stack' (which is due to a strike in Calais).

The problems extend into the wide region, E40 in Belgium is closed near the French border to park the trucks.

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Old July 1st, 2015, 11:36 AM   #4045
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E40 in Belgium is closed near the French border to park the trucks.

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Old July 2nd, 2015, 01:12 PM   #4046
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Chance to walk to highest point on new £110m A465 road



A walk along the new A465 Heads of the Valleys road between Tredegar and Brynmawr has been organised to celebrate completion of the dual-carriageway.

The five-year £110 million project to dual the 7.8 km stretch of road is the third phase of the Welsh Government’s plan to finish the dualling of all six sections of the A465 between Abergavenny and Hirwaun by 2020. On Sunday, July 19, a walk is being held to visit the new stretch of road, which includes the highest point on the A465 road which sits 409 metres, or 1,340 feet, above sea level. The trek, called Walk to the Highest Point, will be the only chance to walk along the stretch of the new dual carriageway before it is officially opened to traffic.

The event is open to walkers, non-motorised scooters, cycles, mobility scooters and wheelchairs and there are three different walk lengths of 2k, 4k and 6k. All walks will start at Rassau Industrial Estate at the Carillion site car park....... <continues>
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Old July 3rd, 2015, 12:30 AM   #4047
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Why such a big embankment instead of a tall bridge?
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Old July 3rd, 2015, 05:12 PM   #4048
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Why such a big embankment instead of a tall bridge?
As per the project page, this option was selected as it would use up a lot of surplus fill material from other sections.

http://www.a465brynmawr2tredegar.co....embankment.php
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Old July 17th, 2015, 02:44 PM   #4049
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Hehe just saw this a while ago:


Circle within a circle within a circle. xD
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Old July 17th, 2015, 10:01 PM   #4050
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Old July 18th, 2015, 03:29 AM   #4051
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that will confuse me a bit and require extra attention because the big roundabout operates on the sense of direction I use (LHD)
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Old July 18th, 2015, 11:30 AM   #4052
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Just yield to traffic coming from the right, and (both hard to see from piotr's video as the camera is so high up compared to normal car driver position) follow the many direction signs on the junction*.

You are right that being drive-on-left is probably the biggest issue that tourist drivers face at that junction. New comers to/new drivers in the Chilterns are daunted by the roundabout in Hemel, but that fear goes away once they've driven it once. Oddly the other local 'ring junctions' at Wycombe and Denham don't get the fear as much as Hemel (or Aylesbury's triple mini roundabout, though most of that comes from being on the driving test route at Aylesbury).

*not as applicable at Swindon, with fewer signs on the actual roundabout.
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Old July 18th, 2015, 01:12 PM   #4053
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Here's a video that gives a short explanation on the Swindon one:



So you have five smaller circle that go in a clockwise direction YET the main inner circle operates on a counter-clockwise/anti-clockwise behavior.....

I can see why it can scare/intimidate first-timers and beginners....

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As the guy in the video says, amidst all this chaos, it is possible to maintain order by following a said set of rules....
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Old July 19th, 2015, 01:25 PM   #4054
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I don't understand all the fuss there, it looks pretty straightforward to me -it's like a short ringroad with roundabouts.

British roundabouts are the best signed I've ever seen -you need to be really dumb not to pick the right lane. Everything is signposted and arranged in a way that avoids accidents by not exiting the roundabout from the outer lane or changing lanes at the very last moment. We should learn from it in Spain, multi-lane roundabouts here are like big playgrounds for everyone to demonstrate how much of a bad driver they are.
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Old July 19th, 2015, 08:33 PM   #4055
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I don't understand why was it constructed like this. A normal circle would be enough. And on such busy a junction. It would've worked in Cornwall/West Wales/N Scotland but not rather here. For students on driving courses it would be a nightmare
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Old August 1st, 2015, 11:11 PM   #4056
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M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements

There's a video of a 2,000 tonne rail bridge being slid into position: http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/...ements-project
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Old August 2nd, 2015, 01:19 AM   #4057
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that will confuse me a bit and require extra attention because the big roundabout operates on the sense of direction I use (LHD)
The big roundabout can work either way
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Old August 3rd, 2015, 12:31 AM   #4058
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There's a roundabout like that next to Hatton Cross station within Heathrow's property.
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Old August 3rd, 2015, 04:34 PM   #4059
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Old August 3rd, 2015, 09:20 PM   #4060
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Wait -are these "likes" on your signature?

Anyway, there goes my second British video of this summer's roadtrip. I drove 1000+ miles in England and Wales, along motorways, A- and B- roads. I mostly drove in West England and Wales. The road network there is great -what a difference from what I experienced on previous trips to the South coast of England and London. Driving in West Wales felt a bit like the 1960s though, mainly because there were no newer roads. I understand that a motorway there would ruin the gorgeous landscapes of the region, but come on, a bypass here and there won't do much harm. And my final destination (Liverpool) is not exactly the best British city when it comes to road infrastructure.

I wonder if you guys are going to get rid of the 70 mph motorway speed limit sometime. I remember the Tories promising they were going to raise it, but nothing has been done so far -and British drivers just ignore it. In the video above several cars passed me at above 100 mph, and 85 mph was common in the middle lane. British motorways have a design speed much higher than 70, it might be time to end with the current legal limbo of "it's fine, a cop won't bother if you're doing 80". I mean, it's just not serious.
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