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Old February 22nd, 2010, 03:41 AM   #941
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Old February 22nd, 2010, 11:09 PM   #942
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Great pics! Lots of motorway work.

Queen Elizabeth II Bridge - Dartford

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Old February 24th, 2010, 08:46 PM   #943
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Old March 7th, 2010, 02:52 PM   #944
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Here you have some promised pictures of A3 road connecting Portsmouth with London.
Some say, this road belongs to the group of near motorway standard roads in the UK, or even would swap green boards for blue ones to convert them to motorways easily. I have different opinion. I think it would not have gone so smoothly to convert A3 to a motorway. It would have to be plenty work to do so. Though, some bits are really close to what we call motorway. Have a look on the pics and make your own opinion.







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http://pathetic.org.uk/current/a3m/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A3_road

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindhead_Tunnel

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Old March 7th, 2010, 05:13 PM   #945
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Here you have some promised pictures of A3 road connecting Portsmouth with London.
Some say, this road belongs to the group of near motorway standard roads in the UK, or even would swap green boards for blue ones to convert them to motorways easily. I have different opinion. I think it would not have gone so smoothly to convert A3 to a motorway. It would have to be plenty work to do so. Though, some bits are really close to what we call motorway. Have a look on the pics and make your own opinion.
Some parts of the A3 are pretty much up to motorway standards, particularly those sections of the A3 before and after the M25. Once you hit Guilford though, the road becomes just another bog standard dual carriageway. Going into London, the road very suddenly (at least from my memory) goes from a near motorway type road to 50/50 normal urban dual carriageway / urban expressway fast.

The A3 is still a good road though. Is there still a section of it that is still not a dual carriageway?
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Old March 7th, 2010, 06:31 PM   #946
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Yes it is, luckily not too long though. Will soon be replaced by a new underground/overground stretch. This section is one vast building site now.
Because of extremely long cars queue before that section during my A3 trip, I had decided to divert it, so I have not taken photographs of it.
Below some maps and info related to this bit. Blue line shows the length of single carriageway stretch of A3. Another single carriageway is going parallel to A3(M). It is called "the old London Road" in Portsmouth.





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Trunk road tunnel benefits environment and cuts journey times
The A3 trunk road is a major highway between London and Portsmouth on England’s south coast. To tackle congestion and improve safety on this busy route – which carries an average of 28,400 vehicles per day – the Highways Agency is implementing a 6.5km dual two-lane highway scheme at Hindhead in Surrey. The scheme includes a 1.8km twin-bore tunnel which removes the trunk road from Hindhead village and from the Devil’s Punchbowl, a famous natural landmark designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and part of a Special Protection Area.
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Old March 9th, 2010, 10:06 PM   #947
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Thanks everyone for the pics
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Old March 9th, 2010, 11:04 PM   #948
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NEWRY BYPASS

Today opened a new section of A1 Newry Bypass between the Carbane Junction and Camlough Road Junction


A1 Newry Bypass Map :

http://roadimprovements.roadsni.gov...._cloghogue.pdf


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Section between Carnbane and Sheepbridge is still under construction











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Old March 11th, 2010, 02:58 AM   #949
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Good news

M20 Junction 10


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Old March 11th, 2010, 04:35 AM   #950
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I'm sure you'll be thrilled to know Google Street View has just opened up on 95% of the UK, so now you can see virtually anywhere on the road and motorway network on the UK.
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Old March 11th, 2010, 09:26 PM   #951
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Great news indeed. Even the most hidden roads are now covered by street view.
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Old March 12th, 2010, 12:11 AM   #952
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Here's a good example of a road that's a motorway in everything but name!

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...359.26,,0,0.29

The A550 in Wales! They recently grade separated the parts between this section and the M56, but with those bits being in England, they did it half-arsed and it's only D2
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Old March 12th, 2010, 02:49 AM   #953
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^That photo is right by my mum's house! The A550 is quite fast now once you leave the 50 zone, but there are a lot of short sliproads, I don't think it is quite motorway standard. It is a neat link to the M53 and M56 though. My sat-nav hasn't been updated there though so I tend to get lost!

Also I'm loving streetview, some epic images of roads in Wales:

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Great news indeed. Even the most hidden roads are now covered by street view.
Oh my god, I found my old flat!!!! How old are these images? Google, thank you for helping to ease my homesickness.
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Hi I'm Spanish, I still find funny those motorways (great pictures) driving on the other side
Do you know what's the speed limit in those (in km/h)?
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Speed limits for motorways in the UK are 70mph for cars (112km/h). Legally (open to correction here though) you are allowed 10% over the mark so technically you could say it's 77mph (123km/h).
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Thx, I thought it would be a bigger number than the Spanish limit, but I see it's not.
Is there a big number of road casualties per year?
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Hi I'm Spanish, I still find funny those motorways (great pictures) driving on the other side
Do you know what's the speed limit in those (in km/h)?
I like the British motorways. I also see the charm with motorways with traffic on the other side. I think they looks like the motorways in Netherlands but with left hand traffic
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Well until yesterday I didn't knew there were such a good network of motorways in GB, it seems what you need to invest in are trains and maybe airports isn't it?

I don't know if you have seen this, I imagine you do:
http://www.motorwaymap.co.uk/pdf/Web...0-%20FINAL.pdf

Are motorways in GB public or private?, I mean, do you have to pay for driving through them?
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Are motorways in GB public or private?, I mean, do you have to pay for driving through them?
You always pay to use a piece of infrastructure. Sometimes it's direct (tolls), often it's indirect (petrol tax, registration fees, road tax, etc.)
It's really a misconception to think roads are free if you don't pay tolls.
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