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Old October 16th, 2010, 08:25 PM   #1761
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Old October 17th, 2010, 03:00 PM   #1762
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Bridge repair closes part of M56 for two weekends

Part of a motorway in Greater Manchester and Cheshire is being closed for the next two weekends so a bridge can be replaced.

The M56 will be closed westbound from junctions six (Hale Barns) to eight (Lymm) and eastbound from junctions nine (M6) to six.

The closures will be from 2200 BST on Friday until 0500 BST on Monday.

The 39-year-old Bowdon View Bridge, which links the M56 and the A556, is being pulled down and replaced.

The westbound exit slip road will be closed to traffic throughout the week.

Engineers are demolishing the bridge during the first weekend closure (15 to 18 October).

'Urgent replacement'

The new 1,830 tonne bridge, which has been constructed alongside the motorway, will be manoeuvred into place on the second weekend (22 to 25 October).

Matt Sweeting, of the Highways Agency, said: "The existing Bowdon View Bridge is in urgent need of replacement.

"The installation of the bridge is essential to ensure reliable and safe journeys along this key route in and out of Manchester.

"Once the new bridge is installed it will be opened to traffic and the weight restriction currently in place will be lifted.

"One lane of the bridge will remain closed until the next stage of work to resurface the slip road and improve the junction layout are completed."

The Highways Agency said diversions would be clearly signposted.
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Old October 17th, 2010, 09:05 PM   #1763
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Hi all.

Don't know if it's worth posting this but...Severn bridge on a perfect day:





Beautiful piece of work...and the only place I've seen where lightning columns are painted the same crazy aqua as in my hometown's beltway.
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Old October 17th, 2010, 11:01 PM   #1764
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Don't know if it's worth posting this but...Severn bridge on a perfect day:
That's not the Severn Bridge (former M4, now M48), but the Second Severn Crossing (current M4).

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Old October 17th, 2010, 11:55 PM   #1765
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That's not the Severn Bridge (former M4, now M48), but the Second Severn Crossing (current M4).

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Old October 19th, 2010, 01:25 AM   #1766
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M56 bridge work diversions

Silly me!

Being in the south Manchester area last weekend, and having to divert past the work on the M56 without knowing what was going on, I thought that at last they were doing some construction work on the motorway link from M6 Junction 19 to the M56. Now I realise it was all a dream.
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Old October 21st, 2010, 06:58 PM   #1767
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Scotland's scenic A82 named best road in Britain.


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Old October 22nd, 2010, 12:55 AM   #1768
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It a road where there's lots of good scenery. However there's problems - parts of it aren't good enough to deal with the traffic. And the scenery is better on other roads. Ditto the driving.

I wouldn't call the A82 the best road in Britain, but it's one of the most varied, with lots of good scenery, it's just a shame about the traffic and lorries doing the 40 limit they have, with few opportunities to overtake.
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This is the A329 (M), which North of the M4 it didn't have a barrier untill very recently, so that they could widen it
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Old October 23rd, 2010, 06:33 PM   #1770
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Dartford Crossing plans could spark fight for £1bn contract


Heavy load: the Dartford bridge and tunnel carry 50 million vehicles a year

A third Dartford Crossing could spark an international battle for a £1 billion building contract — if the plans eventually get the go-ahead.

The Government is reviewing options for a third privately financed crossing to join the existing Queen Elizabeth II Bridge and the two bore tunnels, which currently carry more than 50 million vehicles a year or an average of 145,000 vehicles a day.

Plans under consideration include building an extra crossing, introducing different toll levels to encourage drivers to use the Crossing at off-peak times and even lifting tolls when there is extra heavy congestion.

Analysts said likely contenders to build a new bridge would be Balfour Beatty, Costain, privately-owned Laing O'Rourke as well as international players such as Germany's Hochtief and French firm Vinci. Both Balfour Beatty and Hochtief are currently involved in the bidding for the replacement Firth of Forth Crossing in Scotland.

Panmure Gordon's industry analyst Andy Brown said talk of the third crossing “surfaced every couple of years or so” but remained sceptical over whether the scheme would get the green light. He added: “In terms of the guys that could do it you have to look at Balfour Beatty and Costain. They are also set up with PFI divisions, and on a project like this private finance will be involved.”

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association welcomed the Government's review but warned that no decision was likely in the near future. He said: “Clearly any project to increase capacity at Dartford is likely to involve significant investment in infrastructure either through a crossing, a tunnel or an upgrade to existing facilities. UK firms have proved that they can consistently deliver this kind of project.”

Chancellor George Osborne announced this week that tolls for cars will rise from £1.50 to £2 next year and to £2.50 in 2012. The last increase in November 2008 raised the car toll from £1 to £1.50 and brought massive complaints from drivers scrabbling to find the extra change.

The higher charges, which will also apply to lorries and vans, are needed to build greater capacity on the crossing. But plans to sell off the Crossing to private equity or infrastructure funds have been scrapped due to its “strategic importance”.
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Old October 23rd, 2010, 08:21 PM   #1771
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I guess the toll, if it's going towards funding more capacity, is at least doing something - the promise was to remove them once the bridge had been paid for, which happened around November 2008, IIRC (hence the increase then)

That said, I'm not sure there's a great need for more capacity - it's the toll booths that cause the congestion. Which is kind of ironic, as when the bridge was paid for, the last government kept the tolls as a congestion charge.
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Old October 25th, 2010, 08:32 PM   #1772
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M621 central reservation roadworks begin

The Highways Agency is advising drivers that there will be narrow lanes and a 40mph speed limit in place on the M621 near Leeds, West Yorkshire from Monday 18 October, to allow central reservation barrier works to take place.

The scheme involves replacing the steel central reservation barrier with a safer, concrete barrier, improving drainage and relocating lighting columns on a two mile stretch of the motorway between Junction 1 and 3. Work will be completed by the end of March 2011.

Motorway verge works, including work to install CCTV and speed cameras began on the motorway verges on 4 October.

In order to minimise disruption to road users, two lanes of traffic will be maintained during the day and a free recovery service will be in operation along this stretch of the M621, with CCTV monitoring ensuring that incidents and breakdowns can be cleared as quickly as possible.

During the work a 40mph speed limit will be in place to ensure the safety of road users and workers. The traffic management, including the reduced speed limit, will remain in place 24 hours a day.

Highways Agency project manager, Sujad Hussain, said: “This barrier replacement scheme will increase safety on the M621 in West Yorkshire. The new barriers are stronger and more robust – reducing the risk of vehicles involved in accidents crossing from one side of the motorway to the other, and improving the safety of road users and road workers. The barriers also require less maintenance and repairs and hence will reduce the likelihood of future disruption to the road user.”

“We have been in consultation with Leeds City Council and Leeds United, and measures will be put in place to minimise the effect of the works on Christmas shopping and match day traffic.”
http://www.hgvuk.com/10/18/m621-cent...adworks-begin/
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Old October 26th, 2010, 03:50 PM   #1774
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I'll be on the M67 and M60 this evening! so much fun lol
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Old October 28th, 2010, 02:44 AM   #1775
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I always noticed anytime I drive on normal UK roads that there are no single solid white lines: either double white lines or single broken white lines. The problem in some respects was that the normal single broken white lines were on corners: assuming it would be dangerous to permit over taking on corners/brow of a hill? Does the UK use single solid white lines?
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Old October 28th, 2010, 02:22 PM   #1776
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not separating traffic by direction, but bus lanes (and cycle lanes where cars aren't allowed to encroach) have single solid white lines.

I have no idea why we would have single solid white lines in the middle of the road though - we use double solid lines to express a "you shall not cross". Or do you mean a two lines - one solid, one broken - set up to express permissiveness across it in one direction, but not the other? If so, we have a lot of them.
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Even the hatchings are broken also:



Why would they permit over taking on these?

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I meant center solid white lines like this:

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Why would they permit over taking on these?
Why wouldn't they permit overtaking on that road with good sight-lines? I can't see why it would be unsafe to perform an overtake manoeuvre there, providing you used your head.

We have too much hatching and stuff to dissuade overtaking as it is. We're getting the 'boy who cried wolf' syndrome, where people overtake because it's legal to do so, and therefore must be safe. Likewise speed limits, where nannying and doing the thinking work for drivers (or giving the impression) means that the limit, rather than a legal thing, seems to be a safety certificate - "the speed limit is 60, therefore it's safe to go 60, else they'd have lowered it" attitude.
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I meant center solid white lines like this:
Why would we need them? I explained the different types of lines we have in the centre of the road in my last post.
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Old October 28th, 2010, 08:57 PM   #1780
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He's not saying we should have them, he's just asking if we do have them.

The answer is no. In the UK, they are either double solid lines, single broken lines, the

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type lines, if the lines are broken you can use them, normally for turning right, if they are solid only in emergencies.

Rarely, you can see South African style markings,

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