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Na poczatku lata otwarto w okolicach Enniscorthy nowy odcinek M11. To najnowsza autostrada w Irlandii.

Filmik taki sobie ale cos tam widac. Malo ludzi chyba filmuje drogi w Irlandii bo ciazko cos znalezc na YT:


Troche pozniej otwarto powstajacy w ramach tego samego kontraktu jednojezdniowy lacznik na zachod od Enniscorthy:

 

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Budowa nowego dwupasmowego odcinka N4 na poludnie od Sligo:

https://www.n4realignment.ie/n4-project



Zdjecia glownie dla milosnikow prac ziemnych ;)















 

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Wielka Brytania. Kierowcy nie potrafią korzystać z inteligentnych autostrad

| Magdalena Romanowska
Highway England, firma rządowa odpowiedzialna za krajowe autostrady przyznaje, że kierowcy mają problem z korzystaniem z pasa awaryjnego na inteligentnej autostradzie. Szaf spółki zapowiada, że prawdopodobnie takie autostrady nie będą już powstawać. Użytkowanie drogi o takim charakterze jest zbyt trudne mimo szkoleń organizowanych przez drogowców.
Inteligentne autostrady są określane jako przyszłość Wielkiej Brytanii. Mają likwidować zatory i poprawiać bezpieczeństwo na najbardziej ruchliwych drogach. Highway England oferuje nawet szkolenia, które uczą korzystania z sygnałów przesyłanych przez sieć inteligentnych autostrad. Warsztaty te nie docierają jednak do wszystkich i nie pomagają na szeroką skalę w zrozumieniu działania inteligentnych autostrad z awaryjnym pasem ruchu.
całość : https://www.rynekinfrastruktury.pl/wiadomosci/drogi/wielka-brytania-kierowcy-nie-potrafia-korzystac-z-inteligentnych-autostrad-69271.html
 

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Cale te "inteligentne" autostrady to jest absurdalny bubel ktory spowodowal sporo nieprzyjemnych wypadkow.

Problem w tym ze obecnie zamiast "inteligentnych" autostrad bedzie po prostu 2x4 przez caly dzien bez pasa awaryjnego. Co nie az tak wiele zmienia. Dalej beda niebezpieczne zdarzenia gdy ktos najedzie na zatrzymany pojazd.

Tak to jest jak sie proobuje "poszerzac" drogi po kosztach...

A przy okazji filmik z Discovery o budowie mostu w Irlandii. Jak to w Discovery sporo hiperboli ale fajne ujecia i mozna sie osluchac z irlandzkimi akcentami budowlancow (spoko, sa napisy dle nieobytych ;))

 

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http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2019/11/25/contractors-sign-off-1bn-silvertown-tunnel-deal/

Transport for London has signed off its £1bn deal with the Ferrovial-led Riverlinx consortium to design, build, finance and operate the Silvertown Tunnel in East London.



The design includes a 1.4-kilometre twin-bore road tunnel under the River Thames as well as 0.6-kilometres of access ramps.

It will connect south of the River Thames with the access to the existing Blackwall Tunnel and north of the River Thames with the Tidal Basin Roundabout, in Silvertown.

Silvertown will be the UK’s first major road tunnel to include a dedicated bus line in both directions.

When it opens in 2025, the tunnel will support future population growth in this part of London – and minimise the growing delays through the 122-year-old Blackwall Tunnel.


The contract award for the East London river crossing was stalled after reserve bidder Silver Thames Connect– which contains Hochtief and Dragados – lodged a legal challenge.

This automatically forced TfL to suspend the procurement process threatening to delay the vital river crossing between Royal Docks and Greenwich Peninsula.

Last month STC consented to TfL’s application to the court to lift the suspension allowing work to proceed with contract award.

The legal battle, which is based on STC concerns about the scoring process and alleged anomalies in the marking, will still continue in the courts.
 

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-50694779

The M25 was closed for about 12 hours after a crane collapsed on the motorway.

The crane toppled at Junction 27 for the M11 in Epping, Essex, at about 16:45 GMT on Friday.

It caused huge tailbacks in both directions, with more than 10 miles of near-stationary traffic.

The crane was later removed and the road resurfaced. The clockwise carriageway re-opened at 04:00 GMT, and anti-clockwise at 07:00 GMT.

One lane remained closed in both directions to repair the central reservation, but there were no delays.

Earlier, Essex Police said no-one has been seriously injured.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service said six engines were sent to the scene, where traffic stretched back to Junction 29 (A127) on the anti-clockwise carriageway.

Concrete had been scattered across the motorway by the crane, making it impossible for cars to pass.

Work continued through the night to clear away debris and resurface the road as Highways England warned motorists to avoid the area.

A spokesperson for the organisation said the road was damaged due to a diesel spillage, but specialist contractors had been brought in to get the motorway re-opened.



 

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Otwarto obwodnice Huntingdon:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/a14-huntingdon-bypass-opens

A new 12-mile bypass to the south of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire has opened to traffic, Highways England announced today.

The new bypass runs between Ellington and Swavesey and is part of a project to upgrade 21 miles of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

With the new bypass now open, Highways England is confirming details of how the road layout has changed, and what drivers can expect on the new road.

The junction numbers on the A14 between Ellington and Bar Hill have changed as there are fewer junctions than on the old A14. The new A14 junction numbers are as follows:

New Ellington, junction 21
Brampton interchange, junction 22
Godmanchester and A1198, junction 23
Swavesey, junction 24
Bar Hill, junction 25
All A14 junctions east of and including Girton, as well as the A1 junctions, will maintain their existing junction numbers.

Drivers travelling eastbound on the new bypass will still have to join a section of 40mph narrow lanes roadworks from the Swavesey junction, so should look out for the signs when they approach the area.

The old A14 has now been closed in both directions between Godmanchester and the Spittals interchanges, to allow Highways England to start work to remove the existing viaduct over the railway and build new link roads into Huntingdon town centre. This closure will remain in place until 2022. Once work is completed, a new road layout will open with links to and from the old A14 in and out of Huntingdon instead of a viaduct over the railway station. Get more information about what is happening in Huntingdon.

While all roads in and out of Huntingdon will remain open, there will be some overnight closures to complete this work, which will be communicated in advance and diversions signposted clearly. Road users who would normally travel from Huntingdon to Cambridge will now use the westbound A141 (former A14 west of Huntingdon) from Spittals roundabout towards Brampton Hut, access the A1 southbound and then join the new A14 eastbound free flow link at Brampton interchange.

Drivers seeking to access towns and villages along the A1307 (old A14 east of Huntingdon) between Godmanchester and Swavesey can do so by exiting the new A14 at its A1198, Ermine Street junction (junction 23), travelling north on the A1198 and joining the eastbound A1307.

Drivers seeking to travel from Cambridge towards Huntingdon will now head westbound on the new A14 to Brampton Interchange, use the free flow link to access the A1 northbound, before exiting at Brampton Hut and travelling east on the A141 (old A14) to to enter Huntingdon via Spittals roundabout.

The new A14 was designed with safety as the number one priority and its design is simple and intuitive. As with any major road, the main things to remember are to keep left unless overtaking, not to drive under a Red X, stick within the speed limit and know what to do if you breakdown. A red roundel around a speed limit means it is mandatory.

Slow moving vehicles will be prohibited from using the new bypass and will be directed to use alternative local access roads. It is not always possible to join or leave the new road in all directions at each junction. This is to ensure that long distance traffic on the A14 uses the most appropriate junction for its destination, avoiding smaller roads through local communities.

Work on the rest of the project, between Swavesey and Milton, continues and is on schedule to completed as planned by December 2020.
 

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Dzisiaj taka ciekawostka, ostatnia platna droga w Londynie, w Dulwich:

https://www.thedulwichestate.org.uk/property-on-the-estate/tollgate-and-roads

https://londonist.com/london/history/london-s-last-remaining-toll-gate

Informacja o oplacie pojawia sie juz przy zjezdzie z A205 (South Circular):

DSC08877
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Nie ma pracownika, jest automat do oplat:

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by Geogregor*, on Flickr


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Taka ciekawostka technologiczna:

https://www.constructionenquirer.com/2020/01/02/robot-road-marker-speeds-up-work-on-highways-sites/

A robot road marker is speeding-up work and boosting safety on Highways England sites.


The machine uses precise positioning technology to mark out where white lines need to be painted on new or resurfaced roads.

It has already saved hundreds of hours of working time on Highways England projects including Britain’s biggest road upgrade, the £1.5bn A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement.

It also recently pre-marked eight miles of the M6 in Staffordshire in four hours.

This work would usually take two engineers over a week to complete.

Savings elsewhere include saving 27 hours of working time marking three miles of hard shoulder on the M4 in Berkshire, 77 hours covering five miles of the M6 in Warwickshire, and six hours working on two miles of the M1 in Leicestershire, with further work done on the M60 smart motorway at Manchester.

It also has safety benefits for roadworkers and enables them to focus on completing other essential work on each project.
 

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Nowy plan na tunel łączący Wielką Brytanię i Irlandię Północną

| Magdalena Romanowska ⚫ źródło: RI/The Irish Post

Pomysłem Borisa Johnsona na połączenie Wielkiej Brytanii z Irlandią Północną było wybudowanie mostu nad Morzem Irlandzkim. Inne rozwiązanie proponuje Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Według brytyjskiego stowarzyszenia inżynierów, lepszym rozwiązaniem będzie tunel. Dwuczęściowy obiekt miałby znajdować się pod morzem i łączyć cztery państwa Zjednoczonego Królestwa.
Jak podaje The Irish Post, pomysł na most pojawił się rok temu. Plan zakładał budowę prawie 46-km mostu między miastem Larne w Irlandii a Portpatrick w Szkocji.
całość : https://www.rynekinfrastruktury.pl/wiadomosci/drogi/nowy-plan-na-tunel-laczacy-wielka-brytanie-i-irlandie-polnocna--70125.html
 

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Może zdążą zanim im Szkocja "wystąpi", bo w przeciwnym razie mogą potrzebować trochę dłuższego tunelu/mostu ;). Sorry za tą złośliwą uwagę. EOT.
 

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Ten pomysl to jest dowcip. Jak juz co to mowa byla bardziej o moscie ale to tez jest dowcip ;)

A jak juz jestesmy przy mostach to ten w New Ross w Irlandii coraz blizej otwarcia, akurat na czas kampanii wyborczej, wybory 8 lutego ;)



A tak przy okazji wrzucalem juz kiedys info ze w Irlandii postanowili wylaczyc oswietlenie wezlow na autostradach. Dokladniej to nie cale oswietlenie ale oswietlenie w ciagu atostrady (pozostaja lampy na lacznicach, wiaduktach itp.)

Znalazlem doument na ten temat:
https://www.tii.ie/news/press-releases/Motorway-junction-lighting/Technical-Information-Note-Energy-Reduction-for-TII-WEbsite.docx.pdf


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Ostatnio w UK zrobilo sie glosno na temat problemow bezpieczenstwa na tzw. "smart motorways" czyli odcinkach autostrad gdzie pas awaryjny zmieniono w dodatkowy pas ruchu dodajac przy tym rozne technologiczne bajery ktore mialy zapewniac bezpieczenstwo.

Okazalo sie ze ktos, gdzies dal ciala...

Jak ktos ma dostep do iPlayera to tu jest material filomwy BBC Panorama:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000dtqv/panorama-britains-killer-motorways

Tu troche tekstu:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51236375

38 people have been killed on smart motorways in the last five years, the government has told BBC Panorama.

It is the first time that the total number of deaths has been reported.

Smart motorways have been criticised because they do not have a hard shoulder and drivers who break down can be trapped in the speeding traffic.

The network is facing an overhaul with the results of a government review due to be announced shortly.

A Freedom of Information (FoI) request sent by Panorama to Highways England revealed that on one section of the M25, outside London, the number of near misses had risen 20-fold since the hard shoulder was removed in April 2014.

In the five years before the road was converted into a smart motorway there were just 72 near misses. In the five years after, there were 1,485.

A "near miss" is counted every time there is an incident with "the potential to cause injury or ill health".

The FoI request also revealed that one warning sign on the same stretch of the M25 had been out of action for 336 days.

The idea behind smart motorways was to improve the flow of traffic through the most congested parts of the network by using the hard shoulder as an extra lane.

The figure of 38 deaths over five years on the smart motorway network is significant because it only makes up a small proportion of the total miles of road.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told BBC Panorama he wants to fix smart motorways because they are too confusing for drivers.

He said: "We absolutely have to have these as safe or safer than regular motorways or we shouldn't have them at all."

A government review, the results of which are due to be announced shortly, is expected to recommend reforms to improve safety.

Panorama understands that radar will be fitted across the whole smart motorway network over the next three years.

The car detection system - which is currently only fitted on two sections of the M25 - can spot stranded vehicles as soon as drivers break down.


Nationally, motorists currently have to wait an average of 17 minutes to be spotted, and a further 17 minutes before they are rescued.

The government is also planning to scrap so-called dynamic hard shoulders, which are sometimes used as a hard shoulder and sometimes used as a live lane for traffic.

The BBC understands there will also be more emergency lay-bys.

It is unlikely to satisfy road safety campaigners.

The former government minister who approved the roll-out of smart motorways told Panorama he was misled about the risks of taking away the hard shoulder.

Sir Mike Penning agreed to the expansion in 2010 after a successful pilot on the M42 near Birmingham.

The pilot worked well because there were safe stopping points for motorists, called emergency safety refuges, on average every 600 metres.

But when the scheme was expanded across the country, the safety refuges were placed further apart. On some sections, they are 2.5 miles apart.


"They are endangering people's lives," said the Conservative MP. "There are people that are being killed and seriously injured on these roads, and it should never have happened."

An all-party group of MPs, led by Sir Mike, will publish a report on Monday that accuses Highways England of "a shocking degree of carelessness".

The MPs say there should be no further roll-out of smart motorways until further research is conducted into their safety.

Highways England said the plans to expand smart motorways were approved by ministers and that it was working to gather the facts about safety.

A spokesperson said: "Any death on our roads is one too many, and our deepest sympathies remain with the family and friends of those who lost their lives."

Eight-year-old Dev Naran was killed on a smart motorway when he was on his way home from visiting his critically ill brother in Birmingham Children's Hospital.

His grandfather stopped the car on the inside lane of the M6 and the vehicle was hit by a lorry 45 seconds later.

Mum Meera Naran told the programme that after the accident Dev's body was then taken back to the hospital where his brother was being treated.

"I had both my boys, one fighting for his life still and Dev just there. It wasn't right, my two sons, one really sick, and the healthy one left me."

AA president Edmund King said that taking away the hard shoulder had made breakdowns on the motorway more dangerous.

"It's just the most awful situation when you've broken down and your kids are in the back of the car, and there's nothing you can do to protect your kids.

"I certainly believe smart motorways are a scandal because, as we've been saying from the outset, they are dangerous, they're not fit for purpose."
Powiedziec ze cos jest "not fit for purpose" to taka uprzejma brytyjska metoda zeby powiedzic ze cos jest zjebane/pojebane na maksa i do niczego sie nie nadaje...

I jeszcze mapka gdzie mamu "smart motorways":
 

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Otwarcie obwodnicy New Ross w Irlandii:

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2020/0129/1111647-n25-bypass/

Up to 30 minutes will be saved off peak journey times on the N25 between Cork and Rosslare following today's official opening of the New Ross bypass.

The new road includes Ireland’s longest bridge, at 887m, crossing the River Barrow between counties Wexford and Kilkenny.

It is named the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge in honour of the mother of President John F Kennedy.
 
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