8 January 2017
Happy new year, and welcome to the first CBRD update in 2017! Regular visitors will be aware that there hasn't been much action on the website for a few months now. Unfortunately the site is not a full-time occupation and occasionally falls by the wayside when real life gets in the way — but we are back now, if only for a relatively small update, and will be resuming more regular and substantial updates again. Hoorah.
This update brings corrections to the Motorway Database where major roadworks have altered road layouts. Several junctions and sections of road have changed and things are generally more accurate and up to date as a result. The big headline changes are at Catthorpe Interchange (visible on the M1, M6 and A14 exit lists), junctions 7 and 8 on the M56 where the newly upgraded A556 is about to open, and the A1 Western Bypass around Gateshead which has been widened and improved over a significant length.
Not in there at the time of writing, but very shortly to follow (perhaps by the time you've read this) are corrections to show new sections of Smart Motorway, including significant lengths of M1 and M6.
Behind the scenes, there's a lot of work happening to bring some much bigger changes around. The article celebrating CBRD's 15th birthday noted that once, the site was documenting a very static road network, but now things change much more quickly. Because of that it's been an aspiration for a long time to run the front page more like a blog with shorter, more current articles published much more often, and more of a focus on keeping track of things as they change and new projects that are coming along. That will mean a lot of changes to the way the site works and also some changes to how it looks. Those changes are still some way from going live, but they are definitely on the way! More news on that to follow.
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If you've never been here before, then welcome to the site. CBRD (Chris's British Road Directory) is dedicated to the study of the entire road network of mainland Britain. These days there's a lot of sites on this subject - but CBRD remains the biggest, the most comprehensive and the most frequently updated. It contains information on most aspects of the network and is frequented by enthusiasts, officials, engineers and everyday road users alike. I aim to make the information on the site accessible to everybody, both in the way it's written and the way it's presented.
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