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Old February 4th, 2016, 12:40 AM   #4181
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I would like to know the results of a long-term study. I suspect drivers slow down at first but the speed up once they've got used to it, a bit like how traffic fatalities in Sweden decreased for a while after Dagen H.
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Old February 4th, 2016, 07:52 AM   #4182
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If I understood correctly, longer trucks are not allowed (as of January/2016) on British motorways and designated routes as part of a trial.

There's something inherently funny about that picture. Like how ophthamology is an inherently funny word.
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Old February 4th, 2016, 06:12 PM   #4183
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If I understood correctly, longer trucks are not allowed (as of January/2016) on British motorways and designated routes as part of a trial.

British freight transport policy is daft, but not that daft. The Longer Semi Trailers trial is a 10 year trial with trailers up to 15.65m in length. A maximum of 1800 are allowed and each has to be registered as part of the scheme. As some of the trailers have been around for about 3 years - it took a while to get permits etc sorted, the DfT are now asking for the first feedback.

There are no restrictions as to where you can use them apart from pre-existing length limits.

The trial continues but its not a huge success as due to their length and the restrictive nature of UK lorry parking and many loading areas they are too long. Over time things will improve, but as there are only 1800 of them there is little pressure on designers of UK industrial buildings to take these into account. They tend to be used on fixed runs rather than general transport because of these issues.
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Old February 6th, 2016, 07:49 AM   #4184
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What a mess!

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ANGRY drivers faced gridlock misery as they were stuck for up to 10 hours in traffic jams on the the M5 caused by a broken-down crane.
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Old March 7th, 2016, 06:19 PM   #4185
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From p51 of this document about improving the M60 NW Quadrant, the busiest motorway links 2014 data. I've added what standard they are

1 M25 J14 - J15 262,800 D6M
2 M1 J7-J8 197,200 D4M+D3/4AP
3 M60 J13-J12 195,300 D4M
4 M25 J13-J14 186,900 D5M
5 M25 J12-J11 185,300 D4M
6 M25 J18-J19 177,400 D4M
7 M25 J11-J10 176,000 D4M
8 M25 J16-J15 174,900 D4M
9 M25 J12-J13 174,200 D5M
10 M1 J6A-J7 170,400 D4M
11 M60 J16-J17 166,400 D4M
12 M60 J17-J18 165,900 D4M
13 M25 J8-J7 165,600 D4M
14 M25 J17-J18 164,100 D4M
15 M6 J20-J21 162,300 D4M
16 M8 J16-J15 161,800 D4/5M
17 M6 J21-J21A 161,700 D4M
18 M56 J4-J3 160,900 D4M
19 M4 J4B-J4 159,500 D4M
20 M60 J4-J2 157,800 D3M
21 M61 J2-J3 155,600 D3M+D3M
22 M60 J14-J15 155,400 D4M
23 M1 J8-J9 155,000 D4M
24 M1 J9-J10 154,600 D4M
25 M6 J30-J31 154,200 D4M

PS: Page 50 has a nice overview map of the busy part of England's motorway network (Kendal - South Coast, Sittingbourne - Tiverton) with traffic volumes shown by width.
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Old March 7th, 2016, 09:48 PM   #4186
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Some parts of the M60 are waaaaaaay over capacity for 4x4 ..like near 200k AADT.
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From p51 of this document about improving the M60 NW Quadrant, the busiest motorway links 2014 data. I've added what standard they are

1 M25 J14 - J15 262,800 D6M
2 M1 J7-J8 197,200 D4M+D3/4AP
3 M60 J13-J12 195,300 D4M
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Old March 7th, 2016, 10:15 PM   #4187
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I'm surprised with M25 near Heathrow. Earlier data showed it just over 200,000 vehicles per day.

This would make it the third-busiest motorway in Europe, after M-30 in Madrid which peaked at 328,000 vehicles per day in 2009 and A6 in Paris at 280,000 vpd. A3 and A4 in Paris top out at 254,000 and 230,000 vehicles per day where they run concurrent with A86. The busiest Dutch motorway tops out at 244,000. However, no traffic volume data for MKAD in Moscow is known to me, which could be north of 250,000 as well.
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Old March 7th, 2016, 10:33 PM   #4188
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I'm surprised with M25 near Heathrow. Earlier data showed it just over 200,000 vehicles per day.
J14 is the terminal 5 exit and T5 attracts 30m pax per annum now and _loads_ of taxis.
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Old March 7th, 2016, 11:26 PM   #4189
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I'm surprised that the VSL they added when they widened the NW part of the M25 hasn't been activated yet given those volumes on the Ricky bypass (17-19)!

And I'm highly surprised that perennial jam M25 J15-16 has (slightly) less traffic than J18-19, which (despite the closely spaced junctions) seems to flow better in comparison.

But the other perennial jam between J12 and J11 is explained: not only is the road narrower south of the M3, but busier too!
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Old March 9th, 2016, 10:36 AM   #4190
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I'm surprised with M25 near Heathrow. Earlier data showed it just over 200,000 vehicles per day.
I hope traffic isn't that bad.....to the point that it would cause people to miss their flights
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Old March 9th, 2016, 01:19 PM   #4191
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I hope traffic isn't that bad.....to the point that it would cause people to miss their flights
I frequently go to T5 via bus and the route takes us along the M4 and through the tunnel to the central terminals, then back out again and along the perimeter road to T5. It avoids the M25 and I haven't run into any problems along that route before.

But it's Heathrow and you'd be silly to not plan to arrive at least 3 hours before boarding time.
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Old March 17th, 2016, 09:45 PM   #4192
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Mersey Gateway

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Old March 18th, 2016, 12:01 PM   #4193
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It's looking good. I wonder if they'll make the dual carriageway free flowing where it connects to the M56 as part of the build?
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Old April 1st, 2016, 09:18 PM   #4194
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A30 just south of Exeter, yesterday:

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Old April 2nd, 2016, 12:30 AM   #4195
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The Mersey Gateway project.

I think the Mersey is less "river" and more "giant mudflat" at that point.
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A30 just south of Exeter, yesterday:

That sign looks weird and oddly-designed.
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Old April 2nd, 2016, 01:05 PM   #4196
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I think the Mersey is less "river" and more "giant mudflat" at that point.

That sign looks weird and oddly-designed.
It just means that lane two can be used for both destinations, whilst lane one filters off.
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The River Mersey is tidal up to Warrington according to Wikipedia.

Here's a view in the other direction (east).
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Old April 2nd, 2016, 02:57 PM   #4198
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It just means that lane two can be used for both destinations, whilst lane one filters off.
It still looks odd, a diverging arrow used in contintal europe (not everywhere) is way clearer. This just looks messy.

The sign is way to bulky anyway for the amount of information shown.
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Old April 2nd, 2016, 09:49 PM   #4199
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British gantry signage looks very awkward overall.
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Old April 2nd, 2016, 10:11 PM   #4200
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I can't being to imagine how much polluted that mud must be.

If not for the port activities, they could dredge it and build a big tidal power plant.

They could also have built part of the link as an expressway over an embankment.
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