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Old November 23rd, 2010, 09:21 PM   #1841
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Fantastic pics of Hindhead and the M27 Piotr71, not that long to go now! Could you possibly post them here aswell?
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Old November 24th, 2010, 04:11 PM   #1842
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Sorry, I have no idea what may cause the problem. Some users just cannot see pisasa's pictures. I usually check visibility calling someone in Poland, Germany or England. None of the called people noticed any trouble with seeing pictures. Only trouble with reading images had place using IE, though once switched to another browser the problem disappeared. For that reason I am going to paste a link to my albums. Here you are:
I've just popped back in and now I can see them! Must've been a glitch with my 'puter. Now I can appreciate what interesting pics they are!
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Old November 24th, 2010, 04:35 PM   #1843
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I have the Picasa problem as well, sometimes I can see them, and sometimes I can't. Really annoying. Flickr always works.
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Old November 24th, 2010, 11:51 PM   #1844
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Thanks for these updates piotr71, as usual.
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Old November 27th, 2010, 12:20 AM   #1845
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Old November 28th, 2010, 10:01 PM   #1846
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Is there some generic list of all proposed and under construction motorways (new and enlargements etc)?
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Old November 29th, 2010, 12:45 AM   #1847
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Today when I was driving through M40/A40, I found that on the Bridge, where M40 crosses M25, the Highways Agency was replacing the worn out road surface and is really good that they started resurfacing a piece of motorway which had a lot of cracks filled with tar, but I was wondering, will the new shiny asphalt last long? They've obviously been paving the Motorway in freezing cold conditions. Does this affect the quality of the new pavement?

Another good news for M40/A40 - noticed that in London on a piece of A40 between Northolt and Perivale, new lighting has been installed - the new lanterns are LED!!! Love it Does anyone know if that type of lighting is being implemented anywhere else on major UK roads?
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Old November 29th, 2010, 07:22 PM   #1848
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Is there some generic list of all proposed and under construction motorways (new and enlargements etc)?
The Futures section on CBRD has everything currently in some stage of planning or construction, and the section is in line for a big overhaul soon to make it easier to use.

http://www.cbrd.co.uk/futures/
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Old November 29th, 2010, 08:38 PM   #1849
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Old November 29th, 2010, 09:23 PM   #1850
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Work to remove the M4 Bus Lane is expected to start on Monday night (November 15), and the first traffic should be able to use the whole of the extra lane later in the week.
http://nds.coi.gov.uk/content/detail...12&SubjectId=9


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Old December 1st, 2010, 08:15 PM   #1851
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It really didn't make much sense to get horrible jams with an empty lane right on the side.
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 01:46 AM   #1852
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But the bus lane started at the junction before the elevated section, with the slow lane exiting, the middle lane becoming the slow lane and the fast lane the fast lane in 2x2, with the bus lane next to the central reservation. Now there will be 3 lanes with cars cramming into two at the start of the elevated section.
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 02:49 AM   #1853
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Introducing the M4 bus lane reduced journey times for morning peak time inbound (private car) drivers, reduced journey times for PT users, CO2 emissions decreased, fuel consumpton inmproved by 16%, and traffic noise decreased by one decibel, according to Transport Research Laboratory data.

It'll be back before 2012 anyway, as part of the Olympic Road priority route network!

Just shows them making the same mistakes as the previous Government, making policy changes to match the will of (misguided) public opinion, who haven't been made aware of the full facts and benefits of the scheme, and demonstrating TfL is still very car-centric in its policies.
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 02:35 PM   #1854
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There is a sensible reason to remove the bus lane - that, as well as shrinking the queue a little bit, it also moved them westwards by a couple of miles and it's now merged with the Heathrow traffic and caused a long queue. Thus it's a good idea to move the head of the queue back a couple of miles and have two smaller queues and less problems there, using the third lane as stacking space for keeping the traffic problems away from Heathrow, which has problems of it's own.

Of course, none of this was considered for the decision, which was based on people not understanding the point and success of the lane that the two of you have mentioned (the study into the success ignored anything not going into London: M25 to Heathrow traffic is negatively affected) and feeling that it's stupid to have a bus lane which no buses use (forgetting that it was a pro-car improvement that happened to helped coaches and taxis a bit more, of which there were quite a few).

BTW, TfL don't have any authority over the M4, it's the Highways Agency. The removal was about showing how this Government isn't anti-roads, not just TfL.

I also think the lane drop at J3 is staying, but then the two lanes of the mainline widen to three before merging back down (think M2 Junction 7, where the slip road has a lane drop, and then the underpass widens back out to 2-lanes straight away).
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 03:21 PM   #1855
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traffic noise decreased by one decibel,
A difference the human ear will not detect.... 3 dB is around the minimum (which is a speed reduction of 25 mph or a traffic reduction by 50%.)
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 07:00 PM   #1856
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Introducing the M4 bus lane reduced journey times for morning peak time inbound (private car) drivers, reduced journey times for PT users, CO2 emissions decreased, fuel consumpton inmproved by 16%, and traffic noise decreased by one decibel, according to Transport Research Laboratory data..
Many valid points and whilst not directing this personally, when people use CO2 reduction to push through an agenda which would have minimal impact on greenhouse gases, it makes me cringe. The C02 'saved' is akin to saying removing a miniscule % of 1 water droplet will help prevent sea level rise.


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TfL is still very car-centric in its policies.
Clearly evident whilst driving around London, with lanes which disappear or merge without warning or are just misaligned, pointless engineered hindrances to traffic flow and relentless enforcement methods everywhere!
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Many valid points and whilst not directing this personally, when people use CO2 reduction to push through an agenda which would have minimal impact on greenhouse gases, it makes me cringe. The C02 'saved' is akin to saying removing a miniscule % of 1 water droplet will help prevent sea level rise.
This reminds me of the Swedish CO2 policy, if they want to increase the speed limit on one road, they have to reduce it on another road. Ridiculous symbolic politics with no measurable effect at all. Or how about the banning of incandescent light bulbs in the Netherlands to reduce the national energy consumption by 1% (it grows by 3% per year).
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Old December 4th, 2010, 05:40 PM   #1858
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It'll be back before 2012 anyway, as part of the Olympic Road priority route network!
So what's the point of removing it now?
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Old December 4th, 2010, 06:05 PM   #1859
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So what's the point of removing it now?
Populist politics.
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Old December 4th, 2010, 08:05 PM   #1860
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Or how about the banning of incandescent light bulbs in the Netherlands to reduce the national energy consumption by 1% (it grows by 3% per year).
I'm pretty sure that's EU-wide policy. We're doing it in the UK as well (despite, in the bigger picture, Compact Flourescents being more damaging, what with nasty chemicals and such like used in their manufacture - they are a lot harder to depose of. But heh, green is all about getting rid of CO2 and not much else these days) and it's either being hailed as an excellent EU initiative or a silly EU regulation, depending what news source is reporting...
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