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Old June 16th, 2016, 03:22 AM   #4261
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So if it's for foreign tourist drivers (a.k.a. Non-EU tourists), then there is no need for a speed awareness course or to go to a court if the violation is minor?

Just pay the speeding fine to HERTZ or AVIS before you depart from Heathrow Airport?
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Old June 17th, 2016, 02:30 PM   #4262
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Do you need to attend this speed awareness course even for small offences? Like a few miles over the limit?
There are some cases where you will get the option of attending a course or pay a fine. There are also cases where you will be fined but no course will be offered. I've had both. I got caught doing 40mph in a 30 zone and was fined without an option of going on a course. I was aslo caught doing 56mph in a 50 limit and was offered the course or the fine. I took the course option.

You can only take the course option once in a 3 year period.
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Old June 17th, 2016, 09:31 PM   #4263
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I got done doing 68 in a 50 (the A4147 in Bristol, a semi-rural D3...) and only had the option of the fine, which was sad!
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Old June 30th, 2016, 02:38 PM   #4264
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Teesside commuters travelling north could be soon driving round a “triple decker roundabout” under ambitious plans to upgrade the A19. Proposals to upgrade the A19/A1058 Coast Road junction into a triple decker roundabout in North Tyneside have been unveiled.

Contractors for Highways England will be lowering the A19 beneath the existing A1058 Coast Road and roundabout, which will reduce congestion and improve the reliability of people’s journeys.The £75m scheme is on the main route to and from the Tyne Tunnel and will mean that people travelling along the A19 will no longer have to queue at the roundabout to go straight on. Instead drivers will be able to use a new section of road which will run under the existing junction.

The improvements, which are part of the government’s five-year £15bn roads investment programme, are designed to support opportunities and economic growth in the North-east as part of the Northern Powerhouse initiative.

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The first stage of the project will involve creating a road from the site compound to the A19 and putting up site cabins. When the main construction work starts in August, narrow lanes and a 30mph speed limit will be in place along the A19 and the slip roads, and the speed limit on the A1058 Coast Road will also be reduced to 30mph for the duration of the work.

More details are available at Highways England
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Both Newspaper article links to the Highways England 3D rendering of what it *should* look like.
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Old June 30th, 2016, 06:46 PM   #4265
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Motorway hard shoulders shouldn't be used as permanent driving lanes

The Transport Committee publishes a report, warning that the Government should not proceed with 'all lane running' schemes while major safety concerns exist.


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Old June 30th, 2016, 07:44 PM   #4266
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That's a pretty harsh report.

It appears they have cut corners on safety equipment with all lane running as opposed to periodic hard shoulder running 'M42 style'. With a much larger spacing of gantries and emergency refuge areas and a lack of lighting on some stretches.

The Netherlands has pioneered shoulder running 'M42 style' since the mid-1990s. There are currently a few dozen shoulder running operations. One of the experiences is that they're not suitable on motorways with a very high volume of traffic. 'periodic' rush hour operations quickly turn into a situation where the shoulder is open to traffic throughout much of the day and even on Saturdays and Sundays. A regular expansion is recommended in such cases, but this is apparently not a common way to expand motorway capacity in Britain these days. This turns 'peak hour' shoulder lanes into de-facto all lane running operations, except during the night. This issue was not explored in the report.
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Old July 4th, 2016, 10:56 PM   #4267
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Warwick Services - A38 Bromsgrove

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Old July 5th, 2016, 09:30 AM   #4268
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Old July 5th, 2016, 07:39 PM   #4269
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Old July 7th, 2016, 09:17 PM   #4270
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Old July 8th, 2016, 03:23 PM   #4271
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Some projects in Scotland.

First the M8, M73, M74 upgrade scheme:
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/lo...uyCcPoePsUU.97



http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/sc...qklCR0Rhmz4.97







And some photos of the Aberdeen Bypass project which I found on Flickr:


June 2016: Work on the Kingswells junction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route AWPR / Aberdeen Bypass
by Iain Henderson, on Flickr


June 2016: Work on the Kingswells junction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route AWPR / Aberdeen Bypass
by Iain Henderson, on Flickr
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Old July 9th, 2016, 04:01 PM   #4272
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The United Kingdom is facing a congestion crisis. In 2013 alone, congestion caused by road closures hit the UK for £4.3bn. In an effort to tackle this, the Department for Transport (DfT) is introducing plans to fine councils and utilities companies £5,000 a day for unmanned roadworks. However, such deterrents will only go so far, explains Nick Cowley, managing director of composite technology specialist MCL Group Industries.
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Many of the problems can be resolved by using composite materials instead of steel, but poor perception has hindered adoption so far. Traditionally, composites were regarded as costly to manufacture while offering less strength and reliability than steel products.

However, advancements in material technology mean that this is no longer the case. In fact, composites can now offer a competitive edge to civil engineers through reduced manufacturing and installation time, while internal lattice and matrix structures mean products are as strong as steel. By choosing composites with all-weather additives and anti-slip surfaces, they can be even more reliable than steel too.
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Old July 24th, 2016, 02:16 AM   #4273
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10h traffic jam near Dover

There is a massive traffic jam on M20 and A2 leading to Dover. The French customs is understaffed and checks are taking much longer. As a result, there is a massive line of vehicles backing up all roads leading to port or to the Eurostar terminal.

Delays of up to 600 minutes have been announced on TMS...

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-checks-france
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Old July 24th, 2016, 02:18 AM   #4274
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I read messages on Twitter from people stuck in that mess that it took 19 hours to get onto the ferry
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Old July 24th, 2016, 02:31 AM   #4275
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Yes, there are reports of ferries and trains leaving 70% empty to keep schedules (since the bottleneck was on immigration booths, not the transportation infrastructure).

I wonder what % of cross-channel traffic pre-book their ferry/train shuttle beforehand. I also wonder if Eurostar shuttles are finally moving more vehicles than the ferries.
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Old July 24th, 2016, 03:33 AM   #4276
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Yes, there are reports of ferries and trains leaving 70% empty to keep schedules (since the bottleneck was on immigration booths, not the transportation infrastructure).

I wonder what % of cross-channel traffic pre-book their ferry/train shuttle beforehand. I also wonder if Eurostar shuttles are finally moving more vehicles than the ferries.
I would say the vast majority do and the Tunnel certainly takes more passengers across from Dover.

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In 2014 the number of passengers travelling via the Channel Tunnel rose by 3 per cent to 21.0 million, 309 thousand fewer passengers than on international short sea ferry journeys.
•Since opening in 1994, the trends in the number of passengers travelling via the Channel Tunnel and by sea have steadily converged. Channel Tunnel passengers exceeded those on international short sea journeys for the first time in 2012. However, since then, short sea passengers have increased at a faster rate than those travelling via the Channel tunnel.
https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...stics-2014.pdf
The ferry passenger statistics include all ferries leaving the UK, not just those at Dover, if I read the document correctly.
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Old July 24th, 2016, 10:36 AM   #4277
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They did this a week ago on A9 in southern France too... They checked at the toll booths near Perpignan and had only 2 out of 18 toll gates open, the result was a 30 kilometer queue with a delay of 4-5 hours.
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Old July 24th, 2016, 02:02 PM   #4278
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A wonder what is the point of this so called "heightened security".

Are they thinking the people will smuggle guns from the UK to France

It is typical pointless show of force. Such random checks are to reassure public that they are doing something.

Or the French might be trying to show the Brits what life post Brexit might look like
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Old July 24th, 2016, 02:22 PM   #4279
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It is typical pointless show of force. Such random checks are to reassure public that they are doing something.
I get the same feeling. There are also border checks on the Belgian-French border, but apparently only on 3 motorway border crossings. Other crossings are not checked, so you don't stop terrorists crossing the border. Nor does it stop domestic terrorism.
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Old July 24th, 2016, 03:04 PM   #4280
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A wonder what is the point of this so called "heightened security".

Are they thinking the people will smuggle guns from the UK to France

It is typical pointless show of force. Such random checks are to reassure public that they are doing something.

Or the French might be trying to show the Brits what life post Brexit might look like
In this case, I think it is neither: security agents have been relocated elsewhere. The text I quoted mention that for several hours just one of the 9 French immigration/customs booths was opened.
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