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Title: UK Roads Thread
Post by: bing101 on March 21, 2019, 09:02:03 PM


Here is one for Jen On the Move.




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Post by: bing101 on April 11, 2019, 12:31:39 PM
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Post by: bing101 on April 12, 2019, 11:13:52 AM
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Post by: bing101 on May 22, 2019, 03:56:50 PM
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Post by: bing101 on December 25, 2019, 11:07:24 AM
Now Jen on the Move does a tour of M62 in the snow!

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Post by: Tom958 on March 29, 2020, 09:55:59 AM
Random, but I just noticed this: the bridges over the M4 approaching to the Prince of Wales Bridge (https://www.google.com/maps/@51.5810374,-2.7785742,3a,59.5y,282.43h,97.01t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sKjUDwCWz_UIF2BYZxjrFPA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192) appear to be encased with... fiberglass panels? or some other nonstructural material. The ones carrying the M4 are simple concrete beams for the short spans and steel plate girders for the longer ones. If they're in fact encased, is there a reason other than aesthetics? Britain is fully capable of building similar-looking structures out of exposed concrete or steel. And what's under the encasements?
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Post by: bing101 on April 27, 2020, 09:07:16 PM

Tom Scott does a segment on the UK's most dangerous intersection.

https://www.advertiserandtimes.co.uk/ipley-crossroads-campaign (https://www.advertiserandtimes.co.uk/ipley-crossroads-campaign)


https://singletrackworld.com/2018/01/collision-course-why-this-type-of-road-junction-will-keep-killing-cyclists/
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYeeTvitvFU)
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Post by: bing101 on June 08, 2020, 12:45:00 PM

Tom Scott does a segment on one of the UK's oldest roads.

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Post by: BrynM65 on June 10, 2020, 06:23:42 PM
Random, but I just noticed this: the bridges over the M4 approaching to the Prince of Wales Bridge (https://www.google.com/maps/@51.5810374,-2.7785742,3a,59.5y,282.43h,97.01t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sKjUDwCWz_UIF2BYZxjrFPA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192) appear to be encased with... fiberglass panels? or some other nonstructural material. The ones carrying the M4 are simple concrete beams for the short spans and steel plate girders for the longer ones. If they're in fact encased, is there a reason other than aesthetics? Britain is fully capable of building similar-looking structures out of exposed concrete or steel. And what's under the encasements?

I've tried to find an answer for you, not had much luck - but it is probably just an aesthetics thing. In the 1990s we had a sudden heel-turn about what motorways should look like and a few experiments were made with the few lengths that opened that decade. Locally to me on the M65 (the final section finished in 1997) all the bridges used steel I beams and concrete - the beams were all painted blue.

The M4 and M48 over the Severn are considered some of the highlights of the entire network, so no surprise some effort was spent on the bridges - normally cost cutting means we go for the most basic design going.
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Post by: bing101 on June 28, 2020, 12:47:24 PM

A14 goes through demolition.

 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EZHbYn24XU)
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Post by: bing101 on July 06, 2020, 09:08:28 AM

Here is a Tour on the A500.

 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOBNPZHihS8)
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Post by: bing101 on July 06, 2020, 01:54:01 PM

Jen on the Move does a tour on A6196

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Post by: bing101 on July 13, 2020, 03:45:55 PM

Jen On the Move does a tour on M66

 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxRaeik1wWQ)
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Post by: Roadsguy on July 13, 2020, 05:15:50 PM
Tom Scott strikes again, this time driving from London to Margate to visualize the difference between a million and a billion:

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Post by: Kniwt on July 17, 2020, 08:32:58 PM
Tom Scott strikes again, this time driving from London to Margate

That photo-enforced 50mph sure seems like a contender for the "Most Terrible Speed Limits" thread.
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Post by: bing101 on August 03, 2020, 05:42:30 PM
Jen on the move does a segment on the A465 in the UK

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Post by: bing101 on August 16, 2020, 10:49:36 PM
Jen on the Move does a tour on Houlton, Rugby

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Post by: bing101 on August 17, 2020, 10:59:20 PM

A Tour of the M25.

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Post by: bing101 on August 31, 2020, 01:29:34 PM

Here is a Tour of London area viaducts by Jen on the Move.

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Post by: bing101 on September 14, 2020, 03:46:10 PM

A1M Barton.


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Post by: bing101 on September 21, 2020, 06:01:04 PM

Here is a tour of the A34.


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Post by: bing101 on September 29, 2020, 10:16:52 AM

Here is a tour of the M26.


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Post by: bing101 on October 12, 2020, 04:37:57 PM

Here is a tour of the M4 bridge.

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Post by: bing101 on November 02, 2020, 08:52:04 PM

Here is a tour of the M57.

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Post by: bing101 on November 16, 2020, 05:34:54 PM

Here is a tour of the Erskine Bridge.


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Post by: bing101 on November 23, 2020, 03:17:49 PM

Here is a tour on M42.


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Post by: bing101 on December 14, 2020, 09:23:11 PM

Here is a tour of the M181.

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Post by: bing101 on December 28, 2020, 12:56:23 PM
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Post by: bing101 on March 13, 2021, 01:30:04 PM

Here is a cool street tour
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Post by: bing101 on April 17, 2021, 09:22:01 PM
Road Opening for Congleton Link Road
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Post by: bing101 on April 26, 2021, 07:52:17 PM


Here is the bike path by Jenonthemove.
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Post by: bing101 on May 03, 2021, 04:46:41 PM

This crew is cool because they include bike routes in their roadgeek videos.

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Post by: bing101 on May 09, 2021, 08:47:18 PM





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Post by: Scott5114 on May 09, 2021, 09:03:26 PM

Sooooo, lemme get this straight. They added a roundabout in the middle of a motorway, and to get around that not meeting motorway standards, ended the motorway at the roundabout and designated a second one after it? Like, say, addressing an at-grade intersection on I-10 by ending I-10 at it and saying I-110 begins after it?

If that's not on that Pathetic Motorways site, it needs to be.
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Post by: deathtopumpkins on May 11, 2021, 02:35:08 PM
Sooooo, lemme get this straight. They added a roundabout in the middle of a motorway, and to get around that not meeting motorway standards, ended the motorway at the roundabout and designated a second one after it? Like, say, addressing an at-grade intersection on I-10 by ending I-10 at it and saying I-110 begins after it?

If that's not on that Pathetic Motorways site, it needs to be.

It is on the Pathetic Motorways site (but for reasons predating this change!).

As this giant new housing estate is built out, two new roundabouts will be added, truncating the M181 each time, along with other changes like at-grade pedestrian crossings. I suspect that the A1077(M) signage is in error though, because the plan supposedly is for the road to become regular old A1077, as it will no longer be a motorway. Perhaps the A1077(M) designation is temporary? I can't imagine why though.
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Post by: bing101 on May 17, 2021, 10:13:57 PM

Cool Roadgeek video on bike.

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Post by: english si on June 01, 2021, 08:53:34 AM
Sooooo, lemme get this straight. They added a roundabout in the middle of a motorway, and to get around that not meeting motorway standards, ended the motorway at the roundabout and designated a second one after it? Like, say, addressing an at-grade intersection on I-10 by ending I-10 at it and saying I-110 begins after it?

If that's not on that Pathetic Motorways site, it needs to be.
As you know about Pathetic Motorways, you know that there's no problem with roundabouts on motorways (which is a legal concept, not a set of standards).

What happened was that, the roundabout completed, Highways England handed over the northern bit to North Lincolnshire Council as planned (though North Lincolnshire didn't seem to realise). As the side roads off the roundabout weren't open, the removal of motorway status that was meant to accompany the detrunking has been delayed as it leads unescapably to a motorway (good practise, rarely seen these days).

The renumbering, however, is weird. There was no reason why it couldn't have stayed M181 until the side roads opened. I presume it's as it will be A1077 soon, and the change in number helps make clear there's a change in ownership (even though that's not done anywhere else in the UK).
I suspect that the A1077(M) signage is in error though, because the plan supposedly is for the road to become regular old A1077, as it will no longer be a motorway. Perhaps the A1077(M) designation is temporary? I can't imagine why though.
It's not an error (though the signs are mostly awful...), but a surprising rare piece of good practise.

The designation is temporary - when you can turn down the A1077(M) from the A18/A1077 and be able to avoid ending up on the M181, then the motorway status will go.
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Post by: Scott5114 on June 01, 2021, 07:16:30 PM
Thanks for the explanation. Although I've done a fair bit of reading about UK roads, they do have a tendency to hurt my head at times. :spin: It makes sense that the road would retain the motorway restrictions since there's no place to go but to a road with motorway restrictions, but to roadgeeks on this side of the pond, it can be a little hard to grasp that what makes a road a "motorway" isn't the design standards of the road itself, but things like minimum speed limits and the banning of non-motorised vehicles.

Theoretically, could you have a road that was to western-US "expressway" standards (divided road with at-grade intersections but no other direct access, i.e. from private driveways) carry an M number if whichever agency is responsible for enacting motorway restrictions chose to do so? (Are motorway restrictions enacted by Parliament or through the actions of Highways England and/or local councils?)
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Post by: bing101 on June 13, 2021, 11:06:39 AM

Here is a tour of the M5.


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Post by: bing101 on June 22, 2021, 12:08:20 PM
Here is a tour of the A465.

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Post by: bing101 on June 27, 2021, 02:14:41 PM

Here is a Tour of the A465

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Post by: english si on July 02, 2021, 09:54:39 AM
Thanks for the explanation. Although I've done a fair bit of reading about UK roads, they do have a tendency to hurt my head at times. :spin: It makes sense that the road would retain the motorway restrictions since there's no place to go but to a road with motorway restrictions, but to roadgeeks on this side of the pond, it can be a little hard to grasp that what makes a road a "motorway" isn't the design standards of the road itself, but things like minimum speed limits and the banning of non-motorised vehicles.
Even UK roadgeeks struggle!

There isn't a minimum speed limit on a motorway, beyond a 'no stopping' rule (obviously with exemptions). Pretty sure it's only a handful of tunnels that have minimum speed limits in the UK.
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Theoretically, could you have a road that was to western-US "expressway" standards (divided road with at-grade intersections but no other direct access, i.e. from private driveways) carry an M number if whichever agency is responsible for enacting motorway restrictions chose to do so?
Yes. But the motorway restrictions would have to end at the cross-streets and restart again to allow prohibited vehicles to still use the cross-streets.

You'd probably keep it all 'Special Road', but have little bits where other classes of traffic can use it at junctions, but only Classes I and II between junctions (and thus make it a motorway). Even if not making it a motorway, it quite a good idea for any major new-build road to have it as a Special Road as it bans frontages and digging up for utilities, and makes it easier to ban pedestrians, etc (who'd otherwise have a legal right to use the new road, rather than being specifically allowed to use it per the Special Roads Order, meaning more hoops to jump through to restrict them).

Transport Scotland gets the idea and does tend to use it when building greenfield trunk roads. Highways England struggles with the idea that it might be wise to explicitly ban non-motorised traffic from a new-build 6-lane 70mph very busy expressway (they finally realised on the A14 scheme after about a decade of being seemingly unaware that it was an issue - and had to rush through legal orders as the road was due to open in a few months!), so even if they grasped the concept of Special Roads (they don't seem to have) they would be unlikely to use them.
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(Are motorway restrictions enacted by Parliament or through the actions of Highways England and/or local councils?)
It's done by secondary legislation. If the road is trunk in England then its a UK Statutory Instrument and done by a senior civil servant at Highways England or the Department of Transport on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport (eg this recent one for new slip roads off the M58 (https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2021/596/made)). Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland have devolved Statutory Instruments, local councils can publish local legislation (annoyingly the local stuff doesn't appear on the legislation.gov.uk website). All such legislation is laid before the relevant legislature for a period, with them allowed to debate and veto it if they so wish (very rare that they do).
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Post by: bing101 on July 11, 2021, 12:29:05 PM

Here is a tour of the A30 and A303 near Stonehenge.

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Post by: bing101 on July 26, 2021, 11:25:33 AM
Here is a new tour.

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Post by: bing101 on September 05, 2021, 05:55:32 PM
Here is a tour of the M25 beltway.