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Old September 22nd, 2009, 05:11 PM   #741
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Has anyone got any pictures from the M62, I heard it is the best motorway for scenery!
The M62 is the Transpennine route



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Old September 22nd, 2009, 11:21 PM   #742
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Is this picture the reservoir near Huddersfield? I visited there 40 years ago when the M62 was being built and the water had not yet filled the valley.
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 02:29 PM   #743
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M62 really scenic motorway

Possibly better ones in Scotland
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 10:37 PM   #744
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M6

The M6 is very scenic in some places...

Near Carnforth, Lancashire
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 01:05 PM   #745
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I noticed an interesting phenomenon when driving in the UK. British drivers are actually very polite and driving in the UK is effortless and safe, however, there are some cases where this politeness goes a bit too far! Say there's a situation where the right hand lane is closed on a two lane road, everywhere else in Europe people would use both lanes until the actual merging point. Its pretty easy and there's no fuss at all. However, in the UK, people would actually start changing lanes miles before the actual merging point, which gives an advantage to people that drive all the way to the merging point. Often people from the left then wouldn't let the guys from the right (a.k.a. "bloody bastards") merge, especially in cases where gained advantage is significant. Also, this clogs up a larger proportion of a road, especially in cases where there's a roundabout before the merging point. I wonder whether the rules in the UK are different to those elsewhere.

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Old October 2nd, 2009, 08:24 PM   #746
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The M6 is very scenic in some places...

Near Carnforth, Lancashire
Thats my junction. I join the M6 there on the way to work.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 11:30 PM   #747
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I noticed an interesting phenomenon when driving in the UK. British drivers are actually very polite and driving in the UK is effortless and safe, however, there are some cases where this politeness goes a bit too far! Say there's a situation where the right hand lane is closed on a two lane road, everywhere else in Europe people would use both lanes until the actual merging point. Its pretty easy and there's no fuss at all. However, in the UK, people would actually start changing lanes miles before the actual merging point, which gives an advantage to people that drive all the way to the merging point. Often people from the left then wouldn't let the guys from the right (a.k.a. "bloody bastards") merge, especially in cases where gained advantage is significant. Also, this clogs up a larger proportion of a road, especially in cases where there's a roundabout before the merging point. I wonder whether the rules in the UK are different to those elsewhere.

Zip-merge. It is valid even with one vehicle on closing lane and 100 stupid drivers waiting on other lane. But that kind of picture you see everywhere in Europe.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 11:38 PM   #748
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Same with busy 2x2 motorways and trucks on the right lane and 50 cars on the left lane with people going 5 km/h faster than the trucks. I usually stay on the right lane, bypassing all those left-lane hoggers and just merge closer to the trucks. Some say it's asocial, but I think it's just using capacity. Why go to the left 1 mile in advance of a truck?
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 03:12 AM   #749
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Same with busy 2x2 motorways and trucks on the right lane and 50 cars on the left lane with people going 5 km/h faster than the trucks. I usually stay on the right lane, bypassing all those left-lane hoggers and just merge closer to the trucks. Some say it's asocial, but I think it's just using capacity. Why go to the left 1 mile in advance of a truck?
You don't use capacity that way. You just gain an advantage at the expense of others. They might have violated to rule to stay on the right. But overtaking on he right is even worse.
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 03:14 AM   #750
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I noticed an interesting phenomenon when driving in the UK. British drivers are actually very polite and driving in the UK is effortless and safe, however, there are some cases where this politeness goes a bit too far! Say there's a situation where the right hand lane is closed on a two lane road, everywhere else in Europe people would use both lanes until the actual merging point. Its pretty easy and there's no fuss at all. However, in the UK, people would actually start changing lanes miles before the actual merging point, which gives an advantage to people that drive all the way to the merging point. Often people from the left then wouldn't let the guys from the right (a.k.a. "bloody bastards") merge, especially in cases where gained advantage is significant. Also, this clogs up a larger proportion of a road, especially in cases where there's a roundabout before the merging point. I wonder whether the rules in the UK are different to those elsewhere.
This has always baffled me, I have often been the 'bloody bastard' who uses all the space and have to wait behind people in the right lane trying to bully their way in a massive distance from the actual merge point. You also get people being bloody minded at the merge point as they have been waiting in a queue for ages watching queue jumpers fly past and don't want to let anyone in. For example the last time I was in this situation I was stuck in the left lane as I joined the traffic before any signs about roadworks. When we got to the merge point the car behind stuck as close as he possibly could to my rear bumper to stop anyone getting in.
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 04:54 AM   #751
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The M6 is very scenic in some places...

Near Carnforth, Lancashire
I love the long merge lanes in the United Kingdom...they give you plenty of time to merge safely and many drivers are courteous enough to move over or slow down, so you can merge.
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Old October 7th, 2009, 12:33 PM   #752
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I love the long merge lanes in the United Kingdom...they give you plenty of time to merge safely and many drivers are courteous enough to move over or slow down, so you can merge.
Not all slip roads are like that one (J35). Just south of here is junction 34. It follows a tight curve confined by a river bridge on an incline, in both directions. It can be difficult to get up to speed and merge safely before the slip road disappears. If you're stuck behind a wagon merging you might be boxed in for a few miles.
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Old October 9th, 2009, 04:05 AM   #753
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Ok, here goes a little report from UK. Some facts first

Starting point: London, SW20
Destination: Barrow in Furness, Cumbria LA14
Distance: ~500km (~300miles)
Roads involved (in this order):
- A3
- M25
- M40
- M42
- M6
- A590

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- bleetz (driving)
- Pansori (photographing)

We went there and back on the same day which means we did well over 1000km in a day. Too bad it was dark on the way back so almost all photos are from the way forward.

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About 8 a.m. on A3 going towards the M25
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A bit rainy at firts... the good news is that later in the day weather became much better
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A3 is an excellent road most of the time... that i before it gets closer to central London where it becomes an ordinary little street. The good thing was that we were going the opposite way
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Traffic is still quite intensive despite heading further away from London
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Old October 9th, 2009, 04:08 AM   #754
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Approaching M25
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The famous M25. The weird thing was the traffic light at nearly every entrance to the M25... I somehow never noticed that before. This is really strange to say the least
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M25 has some concrete crash barriers which is not a very usual thing in Europe
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Old October 9th, 2009, 04:09 AM   #755
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M25
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5+5 lanes. Not a very common sight on a motorway in Europe too
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Approaching Heathrow and junction with M4
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Old October 9th, 2009, 04:11 AM   #756
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Some of those fellows on the right will probably try to get towards central London. At that time (i.e. morning rush) it would probably be easier to drive to the moon. But thank god we're not going that way
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Turning towards M40
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M40
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Old October 9th, 2009, 04:12 AM   #758
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M40
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Just a quick turn off the M40 to have a snack at services stop
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A couple of roundabouts for you. I'm absolutely sure that those who are involved in road-planning in the UK are sadomasochists because those roundabouts (usually with traffic lights) do exactly what it is about: torture people for no reason . Seriously, can anyone explain what's up with the roundabouts in UK? I have never seen so many roundabouts in any other country. Many of them seem to make no sense as well.
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