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Old August 14th, 2008, 03:11 PM   #461
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2x3 as expected British widening/construction pace may be very low, but they have the advantage nearly all motorways are already 2x3 lanes, so you're not immediatly stuck when there is an higher-than-predicted truck traffic growth, like we see in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
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Old August 14th, 2008, 03:44 PM   #462
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Now you have all pictures I wish my phone would be charged then I would take pictures of M56, M60, M62 and M1
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Old August 15th, 2008, 12:38 AM   #463
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the M1 will be 2x4 for a lot of the way in a few years. Although why not just go for 5
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Old August 15th, 2008, 07:15 AM   #464
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I can't tell if the surface is asphalt or chip-seal......what do most British motorways have?
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Old August 15th, 2008, 03:08 PM   #465
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Asphalt. I don't remember EVER seeing chip-seal until I got to NZ.
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Old August 15th, 2008, 03:11 PM   #466
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lol.
Okay, thanks for answering my question.
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Old August 15th, 2008, 03:14 PM   #467
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No problem, though I'm not sure that I'm totally correct in saying that there isn't any chip-seal in the UK, more that I don't remember ever seeing any there in the time I lived there.

One thing I do notice is how hard to read the gantry signage is in the UK. The arrows denoting the lanes to use are rather on the small side on this motorway at least.
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Old August 15th, 2008, 03:25 PM   #468
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The strucures that the signs are mounted to are pretty impressive, though.
Those things look like they could withstand a nuclear bomb blast.
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Old August 15th, 2008, 03:27 PM   #469
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The strucures that the signs are mounted to are pretty impressive, though.
Those things look like they could withstand a nuclear bomb blast.
Nuclear bomb? Yes. Impact from a Hummer? Somehow I doubt it!

(Yes I agree, they definitely look impressive)! I do like the font used on British signage though. It's probably my favourite road sign font.
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Old August 15th, 2008, 03:43 PM   #470
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I find those gantry's ugly as hell.
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Old August 15th, 2008, 08:56 PM   #471
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The reason behind building these HQDC over motorway is purely a political one. People don't like the idea of a motorway near them, but if it's an A road thats more acceptable (even though it often amounts to the same thing!)
Sounds like the classic expressway trick.

"Hey, you want a motorway next to your house?"
"You can take your motorway and stick it up your .."
"Ok, how about just an expressway then?"
"Hm, well, that doesn't sound as awful.."
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Old August 16th, 2008, 12:41 AM   #472
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I find those gantry's ugly as hell.
The more modern ones are a little less obtrusive.

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Old August 16th, 2008, 01:00 AM   #473
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Something I read in the newspaper the other day:
The M6 at Broughton Interchange (M6/M55 Preston) is due to be widened. At the moment its a horrendous bottleneck. From the South, the M6 suddenly transforms from a 2x4 motorway to a 2x2 road. And with the majority of traffic heading north rather than west on the M55, there are always huge tailbacks. Hopefully this should solve that problem. Lets see how many years it takes though

Broughton Interchange under construction. The motorway in the foreground is the M55 with the M6 going over the bridge in the background:

Photo courtesy of the Lancashire County Archives
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Old August 17th, 2008, 05:46 PM   #474
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I said it before, but I'll say it again -- driving on British motorways is a doddle and a pleasure compared to driving on the highways & expressways of South Florida (and other places I've driven in). Most British drivers are courteous and generally pretty sensible and safe. They do drive at pretty high speed (probably faster than the drivers here on the whole), but they do it in a safe manner, generally sticking to one lane (as opposed to weaving in and out) and they don't tend to tailgate as much. Whenever you merge onto a British motorway, drivers will actually give you enough space to allow you to merge safely, as opposed to here where drivers will actually do everything in their power to prevent you from merging (very dangerous). Something else I didn't mention previously -- the fact that British motorways are built to a very high standard and I've rarely encountered potholes or major cracks. In other countries (including here), you see craters in the road all the time due to the fact that many highways are built 'on the cheap' + shoddy/irregular maintenance.

At the end of the day, it's primarily a safety issue for me. I rarely felt in any sort of danger when driving on UK motorways, which made driving a far more pleasurable experience (traffic aside). Over here, driving is anything but a pleasure and you feel in danger 90% of the time, mainly due to the other drivers and poorly designed exit/entrance ramps with way-too-short merge lanes.

So the motorway network may not be quite as extensive as it should be, although the gantrys are kinda ugly, I think the British motorway system is pretty darn good.




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Old August 17th, 2008, 06:03 PM   #475
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interesting but not impressive
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Old August 17th, 2008, 08:04 PM   #476
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Guys do you have any updates or pictures of motorway construction in Glasgow? I don't remember number.
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Old August 17th, 2008, 09:27 PM   #477
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I think it is M74 or M8... I don't remember exactly
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Old August 18th, 2008, 11:10 PM   #478
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Its M74 and it has a section on the transport scotland website.

http://="http://www.transportscotlan...4-completion/"
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Old September 13th, 2008, 09:46 PM   #479
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One thing I do notice is how hard to read the gantry signage is in the UK. The arrows denoting the lanes to use are rather on the small side on this motorway at least.
I don't find them hard, as the blue (or green for A roads) boxes above are always directly above whichever lane it is, and the black lane displays make it easy to tell which lane is your lane. In France I was really confused until I realised the signs are not always above the lanes which they relate too. Found myself pulling out of a slow lane as I thought it was peeling off the autoroute or something, only to find it didn't. I did this about 3 times before I was sure it was just the way the signs are!!!
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Old September 13th, 2008, 09:51 PM   #480
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Yeah, they really don't use overheads that much in rural France. The road guidance markings are pretty clear though, much better than in Italy for instance, where the right lane looks like an exit lane near every exit.
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