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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.




Title: Re: UK Roads Thread
Post by: bing101 on April 11, 2019, 12:31:39 PM
Title: Re: UK Roads Thread
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
Title: Re: UK Roads Thread
Post by: bing101 on December 25, 2019, 11:07:24 AM
Now Jen on the Move does a tour of M62 in the snow!

Title: Re: UK Roads Thread
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?
Title: Re: UK Roads Thread
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)
Title: Re: UK Roads Thread
Post by: bing101 on June 08, 2020, 12:45:00 PM

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

Title: Re: UK Roads Thread
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.
Title: Re: UK Roads Thread
Post by: bing101 on June 28, 2020, 12:47:24 PM

A14 goes through demolition.

 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EZHbYn24XU)
Title: Re: UK Roads Thread
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)
Title: Re: UK Roads Thread
Post by: bing101 on July 06, 2020, 01:54:01 PM

Jen on the Move does a tour on A6196

Title: Re: UK Roads Thread
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)
Title: Re: UK Roads Thread
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:

Title: Re: UK Roads Thread
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.
Title: Re: UK Roads Thread
Post by: bing101 on August 03, 2020, 05:42:30 PM
Jen on the move does a segment on the A465 in the UK