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Old March 27th, 2009, 02:34 AM   #641
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A few videos I found on You Tube...

The A5 in Milton Keynes


The M2 in Kent


The M25 & M40
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Old March 27th, 2009, 05:25 AM   #642
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Last time I was on the M2 (probably in 1990), it was just 2 lanes!!!!
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Old March 27th, 2009, 02:27 PM   #643
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M20 is much better route, 3 lanes all the time as I remember
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Old March 27th, 2009, 03:07 PM   #644
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/n...re/7965762.stm

Work starts on A1 'missing link'

Over 24 miles of the A1 will be upgraded to motorway standard
Work has started to upgrade a stretch of the A1 in North Yorkshire from dual carriageway to three-lane motorway.

The 24-mile long section of road from Dishforth to Barton will provide the "missing link" between Newcastle and London, the Highways Agency said.

Transport secretary Geoff Hoon dug the first turf at a ceremony to mark the start of the £318m project.

He said the route would increase capacity and improve journey times and road safety.

At the ceremony in Leeming Mr Hoon said: "The A1 is of both regional and national importance forming a major transport spine through the North of England, carrying goods and people and supporting investment.

"Bridging this missing motorway link - part of the £6bn package to improve some of the nation's busiest roads - will make an invaluable contribution to business and the economy as well as helping to keep friends and family connected."

The upgrade of the Disforth to Leeming section of the A1 is due to be completed by spring 2012.

Work is continuing on the development of proposals for the upgrade of the adjoining section from Leeming to Barton, after a public inquiry recommended amendments to the plans.
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Old March 27th, 2009, 04:05 PM   #645
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Great news

It seems like not much new motorways will be constructed in future though
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Old March 27th, 2009, 05:16 PM   #646
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Great news

It seems like not much new motorways will be constructed in future though
this 24 miles is going to be the last scheme over 15miles, if not 10 (though I think the A80 upgrade will be just about that long).
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M20 is much better route, 3 lanes all the time as I remember
However, the A2/M2 route isn't about serving London-Cross Channel. It's about serving North West Kent (Dartford, Gillingham, Eltham, Bexley), the Medway Towns, Thanet, Canterbury, linking them with Central London, the rest of the world (via the M25) and Dover (only Canterbury and Medway). It's much more about local/regional journeys, hence why it's only two lanes wide past Gillingham.

The M20 is much more about strategic journeys, hence why it dies when it hits the M25 - the strategic traffic is gone, the road has little point.
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Old March 28th, 2009, 11:10 PM   #647
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The M6 going through Cumbria is pretty scenic:

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It reminds me of M62
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Old March 29th, 2009, 04:12 PM   #649
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I love M6/A74(M)/M74 corridor to Scotland. Very scenic long distant drive on good quality motorway from Lancaster northwards.
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Old March 29th, 2009, 04:35 PM   #650
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Stunning shots!

I really like that part of the M62 (between Manchester and Bradford) where the road 'splits' and there's a farmhouse in the middle (if that's still there?).

Scenery wise, the M5's a pretty nice ride, but I have to agree with others than the M6 (Lake District) & A74(M)/M74 in southern Scotland is probably Britain's most scenic motorway route.
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Old April 8th, 2009, 12:57 AM   #651
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I really like that part of the M62 (between Manchester and Bradford) where the road 'splits' and there's a farmhouse in the middle (if that's still there?).
Yes, it is. It was featured on a TV show recently. Apparently, for experiment's sake, someone sent a letter addressed 'House in the middle of the M62', to see if it got there and it did.
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I saw it in real, it gives a weird feeling when you are in car passing it
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Old April 8th, 2009, 09:29 AM   #653
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You mean this house?
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Britain’s Motorway network is 50 years old this year!

Hip-hip-hurray!
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You're 4 1/2 months too late - the British Motorway network was 50 years old last year.

The M6 Preston bypass opened on the 5th of December 1958. Of course, the English and Scottish Motorway networks only joined up to properly become a British Motorway network on the 5th of December 2008 (exact day deliberately chosen with late 08 being the finish date for the M6 project).

Of course, the IHT are celebrating for just short of a year, until the M1 and M45 reach their half century, and the 50th anniversary of the birth of the M10 (deceased by then) occur one day in November.
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Wow, the Dutch motorway network is already 72 years old (A12 opened in 1937). I didn't know they started so late with the British motorway network.
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You're 4 1/2 months too late - the British Motorway network was 50 years old last year.
Its never late to celebrate...
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Old April 23rd, 2009, 03:13 PM   #658
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M10 to be downgraded on the 1st of May

That article is full of rubbish making this sound a lot better. The M10 was completely new build to bypass St Albans and distribute traffic from the M1 onto the A5 and North Orbital Road (for A6 to A1, and general skirting of London) so that there were three routes into London (A41 from Berrygrove, now near j5, A5 from Park Street (end of M10), A405, A6, A1 from Park Street). It never was meant to link St Albans to anywhere, though people in the south of the city would probably prefer heading south to the A405 then up the M10, rather than going via junction 9 or 10.

If there has been no non-motorway route between the two places since the M10 was built, then how did you get between the two beforehand, given the M10 neither severed nor replaced another road? Answer - the A414, until 1986 (IIRC) when the M25 caused a large renumbering, went on what's now the A4147. If you note this road links Hemel Hempstead and St Albans without going on a motorway, so I have no idea what the John Dunston is on about, other than trying to spin something minor into something far more amazing (he ought to have talked about real benefits, like more capacity and less dangerous junctions due to no weaving)

What's happening is that junctions 7 and 8 of the M1 are being merged together by the widening works. You'd now be able to escape the M10 (soon to be A414) without going on the M1. This means that there's no point in having it as motorway, so the HA have downgraded it to a non-motorway special road. Cyclists, equestrians and pedestrians are still banned, though any (with some sensible exceptions) motor vehicle can use it - eg tractors, mopeds and learner drivers - all of which were previously banned.

Other downgraded motorways are A41(M) Tring bypass, M41 West Cross Route, A102(M) East Cross Route, A40(M) Westway (all when TfL took over) and the A6144(M) Carrington Spur. The M10 is the oldest and longest of these, and was the first 2-digit motorway (joint with the M45) due to being part of the second motorway project to open. Park Street roundabout, with road numbers and destinations mostly changed (but other than the text, the signs are all from there), is the Highway code roundabout sign.
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That article is full of rubbish....
It's possible that the M10 was kept over the years after it was built in preparation for the ringways. Looking at the route for Ringway 4 across the North, the M10 would have formed a direct link from Ringway 4 counterclockwise to M1, so it would have not just been a spur into St Albans. Though obviously this wasn't the original intention when the M10 was first built.
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Old April 26th, 2009, 06:58 AM   #660
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The UK coulld really do with upgrading some of its major trunk roads to motorways, especially the A34 (up to Oxford), the A14 and stretches of the A27 on the south coast. Also, the whole A1 should be brought up to motorway standard and FFS, why is there not even a dual carriageway connection to Norwich & East Anglia?
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