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Old October 21st, 2007, 08:53 PM   #121
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Some photos of the North Circular Road (A406) in London

Briefly - it's an expressway, running through the London's northern suburbs. Usually, it has 2 or 3 lanes in each direction, mostly without hard shoulders, but there are few bottlenecks, where it returns to a single carriageway (1x2 / 1x3) road with traffic lights, going through residential areas


North Circular Road (Eastbound) in London - Picasa Web Album, 186 photos



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Stonebridge Park Junction




Near Neasden/Wembley


Staples Corner (where it meets M1 motorway)


On a flyover


Brent Cross




And a bottleneck in Arnos Grove area There are plans to widen it to 2 lanes in each direction. However, they don't include building grade separated junctions




And back on a true expressway






2x5 section before interchange with M11




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Old October 21st, 2007, 11:03 PM   #122
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Thank you, a3c4, this was very interesting! I was wondering about London's expressways, considering there's a vast urban area (virtually the entire London) within the Orbital. Can anyone tell me general opinion about them? Are they any good?
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Old October 21st, 2007, 11:13 PM   #123
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Can people really read this with 50mph? And do I see here house accesses directly next to this 2X3 expressway?

Impressive pictures, anyway.
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Old October 21st, 2007, 11:29 PM   #124
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Can people really read this with 50mph?
Damn, Jeroen, I thought there was a 50 mph speed limit sign on the picture, and I'm like "where the hell is it?"
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 01:06 AM   #125
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Same here!
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 12:01 PM   #126
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One photo further there is a sign that shows a 50mph limit.
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 01:35 PM   #127
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Awesome pics,
Thanks for posting them a3c4.
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 03:05 PM   #128
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house accesses directly next to this 2X3 expressway?
I noticed that while staying in London also. I believe the noise is far bigger than 65db.
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 03:22 PM   #129
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I'm more wondering, if people can see these 40 mph speed limit signs (digital).
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 03:34 PM   #130
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^Ever tried to picture your computer monitor?
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 03:37 PM   #131
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^ To draw it, or what do you mean? No, I haven't, why?
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 03:51 PM   #132
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Hahaha! Keep talking you two. Hillarious
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 04:21 PM   #133
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What, if I've ever shown a picture of my monitor here? Yes, I have, why?
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 04:37 PM   #134
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What, if I've ever shown a picture of my monitor here? Yes, I have, why?
So I think you have seen that dark "stripes" on the screen. This might be the case with these electronical signs. With short exposure time you can't see the whole sign.
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 04:51 PM   #135
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^ I can imagine that, but then, I guess these types of signs differ from each other?
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 06:36 PM   #136
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No, they're all the same, clearly visible at high speed But you can't see it on the photos very well because of short exposure time.

And this time, pictures from

M4 motorway in London (J1 - J4B), westbound - Picasa Web Album, 55 photos


Few photos

Beginning of the motorway


However, it doesn't suit standards of the motorway - no hard shoulders, sharp curves, speed limit (40 mph). This flyover was built about 40 years ago.




And back on the ground, after junction 2






Interchange with M25
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 06:52 PM   #137
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Another series, this time

A40 in London - Hanger Lane to Edgware Road (incl. Westway flyover) - 52 pictures

blue - motorway standard
red - just dual carriageway road


Beginning of the Marylebone Flyover This road was to become part of Ringway 1 (which never materialised).






Back on a flyover This road was built in a motorway standard. However, since about 2002 it is signed as a normal road (with a 50 mph speed limit).


White City in the background




The end of the expressway




Carriageway widening




Hanger Lane junction, where our journey ends
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 08:56 PM   #138
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I noticed that while staying in London also. I believe the noise is far bigger than 65db.
In the Netherlands, the limit is 48 dB. It can be raised to 63 dB with good arguments, but not automatically.
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 09:07 PM   #139
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I'd worry more about traffic safety in these situations. How the hell do you get on the road with such busy traffic, especially when you're driving reverse?
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 09:16 PM   #140
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I'd worry more about traffic safety in these situations. How the hell do you get on the road with such busy traffic, especially when you're driving reverse?
I think there are smaller parallel roads between the houses and the expressway that don't have acces to the expressway.

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In the Netherlands, the limit is 48 dB. It can be raised to 63 dB with good arguments, but not automatically.
48dB is very low compared to 65dB...
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