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Old June 24th, 2010, 09:23 PM   #1201
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Indeed, I've been caught up in queues at the toilets on a service station somewhere in France. Not pleasant.

That said, the food is far, far superior. You get baguettes and other things. The best you hope for in the UK is that a reputable chain such as KFC or McDonalnds is present, but then, still expect to pay extortionate prices.

I rarely buy anything at service stations. I just buy a drink and a packet of crips before I set out.
Yes, they are very overpriced. A decent Burger King meal is about £7. Insane.
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Old June 25th, 2010, 12:27 AM   #1202
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Old June 26th, 2010, 01:40 AM   #1203
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Looking at pictures from the internet, the gantries in Britain are often overstuffed with information.

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That's from http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/
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Old June 26th, 2010, 04:43 AM   #1204
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Looking at pictures from the internet, the gantries in Britain are often overstuffed with information.

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That's from http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/
I agree. Bexleyheath isn't worthy of being signposted from a major motorway.
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Old June 27th, 2010, 01:20 AM   #1205
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Some pictures and links of Trafalgar Gate Link Road's construction in Portsmouth.

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/newshome...fic.5371679.jp

http://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/living/17120.html

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/newshome...gar.6257627.jp











Looking North:


and South- West:




Going from the City centre towards North:


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Old June 27th, 2010, 01:24 AM   #1206
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Old June 27th, 2010, 01:43 AM   #1207
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M275 going out of the city;




In the place where the green lorry and orange digger are, tunnel's entrance/ exit will be constructed:








Currently existig tunnel. For bicycles and pedestrians only, so you can see concrete and plastic poles on both ends:






Scaffolding below, climbs straith up from the middle of the old tunnel:


Finally we have a last shot towards Portsmouth town centre:
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Old June 27th, 2010, 01:32 PM   #1208
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Let's see some pics of M3 from M27 near Southampton to junction 12 on M25. Pictures were being made very early in the morning(about 4am) so, with my compact camera, I could not get better quality of them.























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Old June 27th, 2010, 01:42 PM   #1209
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Quite interesting thing on that photo. In Britain warning triangle can't be put behind broken down car on motorways, but must be used on any other road.




There is quite long section with only two lanes on this motorway.




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Old June 27th, 2010, 01:44 PM   #1210
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Where is that 2x2 section exactly? Between Winchester and Basingstoke?
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Old June 27th, 2010, 01:52 PM   #1211
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Entering Surrey:


Traffic lights on slip road.










Terrible traffic jam at 5AM just before junction with M25 and the last picture as well:
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Old June 27th, 2010, 02:30 PM   #1212
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My eyes! I can't see traffic on the left! (But yes, sometimes I see around here a British car, with the driver on the wrong side, for me).

But now, I agree that British motorway network is kinda sh**ty. They have to complete A1(M)/E15 all the way from London to Edinburgh, asides other motorways. And my star: A Channel crossing from Dover to Calais. That would be the ruin of Eurotunnel (and British and French governments, let's say )...

And another thing: Please use kilometers instead of miles and sign European routes! Now you will see why the M1 gives bad luck (Because it's the E13 )
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Old June 27th, 2010, 03:56 PM   #1213
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M1 is probably the busiest intercity long-distance motorway in all of Europe. Traffic volumes are consistently above 100,000 vehicles per day between London and Leeds.
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Old June 27th, 2010, 09:09 PM   #1214
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Where is that 2x2 section exactly? Between Winchester and Basingstoke?
There are two 2x2 sections on M3. About 25 kilometres long altogether. They are located aproximately between Winchester and Basingstoke.
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Old June 27th, 2010, 10:22 PM   #1215
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What shame...uk motorways are the best in europe in terms of designing but with horrible concrete asphalt and jammed all the time, while i was in london M25 was jammed all the day and the worst thing is the tolls at dartford crossing that makes it even more annoying making the traffic worse... I have to say even the dutch have better motorway network with less jams
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Old June 28th, 2010, 04:34 AM   #1216
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Great pics there piotr71!

Some sections are indeed amazingly busy.
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Old June 28th, 2010, 03:00 PM   #1217
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What shame...uk motorways are the best in europe in terms of designing but with horrible concrete asphalt and jammed all the time, while i was in london M25 was jammed all the day and the worst thing is the tolls at dartford crossing that makes it even more annoying making the traffic worse... I have to say even the dutch have better motorway network with less jams
erm I think Chriswzolle will disagree with you in terms of km of traffic jams, I think the Dutch network is more prone to traffic flow problems. The M25 may be Europe's biggest car park at some points in the day but the UK network as a whole copes quite well with the amount of traffic.
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Old June 28th, 2010, 07:50 PM   #1218
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Most six-lane sections of British motorways (outside the biggest metropolitan areas like London, Birmingham and Manchester-Liverpool) receive between 80.000 and 110.000 vehicles per day. A six-lane motorway should be able to cope with that kind of traffic without much problems.

I do have the idea though that M8 through Glasgow equals London's M25 in traffic congestion. It drops from 10 to 4 lanes within 3 miles.
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Old June 28th, 2010, 09:51 PM   #1219
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I made a video of the same section of road as Piotir, although in the opposite dicrection, but it came out all red . The M3 can be a very busy motorway and infact has a section underneath the M25 where it is one lane per direction, as 2 lanes become on-ramps for the M25 and then 2 lanes are off-ramps from the M25 and return the M3 to 3 lanes.

However, AFAIK, it is legal to put up a triangle on a motorway, but not required, and the law is the same for all roads.
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Old June 28th, 2010, 10:24 PM   #1220
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However, AFAIK, it is legal to put up a triangle on a motorway, but not required, and the law is the same for all roads.
Nope!

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put a warning triangle on the road at least 45 metres (147 feet) behind your broken-down vehicle on the same side of the road, or use other permitted warning devices if you have them. Always take great care when placing or retrieving them, but never use them on motorways
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leave the vehicle by the left-hand door and ensure your passengers do the same. You MUST leave any animals in the vehicle or, in an emergency, keep them under proper control on the verge. Never attempt to place a warning triangle on a motorway
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAn...code/DG_069863
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