CBRD Updates http://www.cbrd.co.uk/rss/updates.rss The latest updates to CBRD.co.uk, straight to your desktop. en The zombie motorway rises again http://www.cbrd.co.uk/blog/zombie-motorway-rises-again <span>The zombie motorway rises again</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="lead">It's been proposed, designed and binned over and over again. Now the Western Orbital, a western bypass for the West Midlands running between the <a href="/motorway/m42">M42</a>, <a href="/motorway/m5">M5</a>, <a href="/motorway/m54">M54</a> and <a href="/motorway/m6">M6</a>, has risen from the dead yet again. Has its time finally come?</p> <p>This week, a new report was published called the <em>Long Term Midlands Motorway Hub Study</em> - tempting bedtime reading, if you're anything like me. It comes from an organisation called Midlands Connect, a new-ish umbrella organisation of local authorities and other "partners" in the West Midlands that is meant to help deliver the Midlands Engine, a plan to accelerate economic growth in the Midlands, rather like the much better publicised Northern Powerhouse.</p> <p>Midlands Connect is taking a very serious interest in transport. While they won't build new roads and railways themselves, their recommendations will be taken seriously by the Government bodies that will, and what they set out here stands a good chance of becoming policy in the years to come.</p> <p>The strategy suggests a number of things that need to happen so that the motorway network in the West Midlands can support economic growth over the next couple of decades. That includes some new <a href="/articles/smart-motorways">Smart Motorway</a> projects, some motorway widening, some park and ride sites and some incentives to encourage more traffic on to the <a href="/motorway/m6toll">M6 Toll</a>. It also includes, much more ambitiously, an entirely new motorway route, running around the west side of the West Midlands built-up area between the M5 and M6. They call it the <strong>Western Strategic Route</strong>.</p> <blockquote> <p>A route that will support long distance movements from the North West to the South West through the Midlands, reducing congestion on the M5 and the north-western section of the Hub where conditions on the M6 are some of the worst in the country. Evidenced by a comprehensive origin-destination survey carried out around the box, there are a significant proportion of trips travelling between the network southwest of the box and the network northwest of the box. Transforming connectivity will unlock housing and employment growth in locations such as the Black Country.</p> <footer><cite>Long Term Midlands Motorway Hub Study</cite>, 6 June 2018</footer></blockquote> <p>Their research suggests that the new motorway would take away about 20% of the traffic currently using the M5 and M6 through the West Midlands, which would be enough to make a noticeable difference to traffic levels on two very congested sections of road. It would also have a "transformative" effect on the economy of the Black Country, which is currently not particularly well served by transport links of any kind.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-thumbnail-manual paragraph--view-mode--default"> <figure class="text-center"> <a href="/sites/default/files/blog/zombie-motorway-rises-again/diagram.jpg"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/zombie-motorway-rises-again/t_diagram.jpg" width="800" height="401" alt="The Western Orbital appears in Midlands Connect&#039;s diagram showing its plans for the West Midlands. Click to enlarge" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </a> <figcaption class="text-center text-muted small">The Western Orbital appears in Midlands Connect&#039;s diagram showing its plans for the West Midlands. Click to enlarge</figcaption> </figure> </div></div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>You might well ask whether a brand new motorway being proposed now has a reasonable chance of being built in the next 20 years, and you'd be right to be sceptical no matter where that route was being proposed. But here - well, this road has been through the mill so many times that when the Midlands Connect report was published, Friends of the Earth described it as the "zombie Western Orbital Motorway".</p> <h2>A long, long, long history</h2> <p>Before we get to the erstwhile Western Orbital Motorway, we might ask how long ago a motorway was first proposed on this line. The answer is 1923, when one of the very first motorway proposals was drawn up by a private company who wanted to operate a 200-mile toll road between London and Lancashire, called the <a href="http://www.pathetic.org.uk/features/northern_and_western_motorway/">Northern and Western Motorway</a>. It would have run around the south of Birmingham and west of Wolverhampton on its journey through the Midlands. It was not supported by the Government and the plans were abandoned in about 1924.</p> <p>Not to worry, because it was back in 1929, when a new national network of motorways was proposed, including a route between London and the north west that again passed south of Birmingham and west of Wolverhampton. That didn't get much Government support either, and fell by the wayside in the financial crisis of the early 1930s.</p> <p>In 1942, in the depths of the Second World War, planning was carried out for the rebuilding of Britain once hostilities ended. The Ministry of War Transport thought a national network of high-speed roads would help economic recovery enormously, and their plans included a route - you have probably guessed this - running south of Birmingham and west of Wolverhampton. It reappeared in plans drawn up in 1949 and 1951. There were other ideas too, at various times, borrowing the concept of a motorway along the same line. By the time the war was over and money was finally available for roadbuilding, though, priorities had changed to inter-urban routes and a sweeping bypass of the Black Country was off the cards.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-thumbnail-manual paragraph--view-mode--default"> <figure class="text-center"> <a href="/sites/default/files/blog/zombie-motorway-rises-again/1948.jpg"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/zombie-motorway-rises-again/t_1948.jpg" width="800" height="381" alt="Proposals for motorways published in 1948 by a group looking at transport in the West Midlands, and proposing a Western Orbital motorway. A bit like the current study. Click to enlarge" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </a> <figcaption class="text-center text-muted small">Proposals for motorways published in 1948 by a group looking at transport in the West Midlands, and proposing a Western Orbital motorway. A bit like the current study. Click to enlarge</figcaption> </figure> </div></div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>What eventually got built in the 1960s and 70s was a network of motorways that met north-west of Birmingham at <a href="/motorway/m6/550">Ray Hall Interchange</a>, with the M5 and M6 passing through the huge built-up area where they were easily reached. That was fine initially, but before long the mix of long-distance and local traffic began to cause huge congestion. And so the planners at Whitehall started to think about how to relieve the Midland Links. In fact the first sketches of a bypass to relieve those motorways were made in 1972, the year they first opened.</p> <p>In the 1970s, work began on the <a href="/motorway/m42">M42</a>, which runs around the south and east sides of Birmingham between the M5 and M6. In the early 1980s planning began on a route around the north and east of the urban area that eventually became the <a href="/motorway/m6toll">M6 Toll</a>, opened in 2003, providing the West Midlands with something like two thirds of an orbital motorway. As soon as that was in planning, any fool could see that plans would be made sooner or later to finish the circle. Sure enough, in the late 1980s the Department of Transport's plans showed a motorway around the west side of Wolverhampton and the Black Country. It was called the Western Orbital Route.</p> <h2>A fully formed motorway</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.pathetic.org.uk/unbuilt/western_orbital/">story of the Western Orbital</a> and the details of its route are on our sister site <a href="http://www.pathetic.org.uk/">Pathetic Motorways</a>, and it's well worth a read. The sketch version is that the Western Orbital would have run from the M5/M42 junction, around the west of Stourbridge and Wolverhampton, crossing the M54 and linking to the M6 and the motorway that became the M6 Toll. The plan included other road improvements to help the other roads in the area cope with the new motorway connection, including an ambitious series of bypasses forming a new route between Kidderminster and Halesowen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-thumbnail-800x400 paragraph--view-mode--default"> <figure class="text-center"> <a href="http://www.cbrd.co.uk/sites/default/files/blog/zombie-motorway-rises-again/camp-hill-road.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/banner_thumbnail_800x400/public/blog/zombie-motorway-rises-again/camp-hill-road.jpg?itok=qxaT8L2P" width="800" height="400" alt="It&#039;s nice round here: Camp Hill Road, Staffordshire, close to the proposed Western Orbital, and the sort of view that locals do not want disturbed by new motorways. Click to enlarge" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> <figcaption><p class="small text-muted">It&#039;s nice round here: Camp Hill Road, Staffordshire, close to the proposed Western Orbital, and the sort of view that locals do not want disturbed by new motorways. Click to enlarge</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The plans lasted until 1996 - in which time they went through some detailed design work and public consultation exercises - before being scrapped. A watered-down version came back, briefly, in 2001. What killed it most recently were a combination of the cost - it's a lot of motorway that would have to be built effectively in one go, because it couldn't usefully be broken into separate schemes - and opposition from the people who live in the countryside west of the Black Country, who quite like their rural surroundings as they are, and are not particularly keen on giving them up to solve someone else's traffic problems.</p> <p>If they're wanted, though, those 1990s proposals give Midlands Connect some ready-made plans that show what a "Western Strategic Route" might need to look like.</p> <h2>An idea whose time has come?</h2> <p>In the past, the Western Orbital and its predecessors have always fallen by the wayside because there have been other, more pressing concerns. Back in the 1920s those concerns were about whether the railways would prevent road freight becoming a profitable business. In the mid-20th century, road links within the West Midlands were a higher priority than bypasses around the outside. And in the 1980s and 90s, the greater need was for relief to the east and south, with the northern side of the orbital route only affordable because it charges a toll.</p> <p>Today the picture is a bit different, for a number of reasons.</p> <ul><li>First, the West Midlands have the other strategic roads already in place, so there aren't any other motorways in the queue ahead of the Western Orbital (sorry, <em>Western Strategic Route</em>).</li> <li>Second, the motorways that already exist are a cause for increasing concern. Long lengths of the M5 and M6 are elevated, which makes them impossible to widen, and using the hard shoulder as a running lane is complicated. The elevated structures that support them are pushing towards 50 years old, requiring serious, disruptive maintenance and repair work so they can remain in service. There is no significant extra capacity if traffic levels increase.</li> <li>Third, the West Midlands is now being pushed to grow its economy significantly, which means more residents, more commerce, more freight, more traffic.</li> <li>And fourth, we are now in an era when much larger sums of money are being invested in new roads, and the planning process for major infrastructure projects has been smoothed out to make them easier to build.</li> </ul></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-thumbnail-800x300 paragraph--view-mode--default"> <figure class="text-center"> <a href="http://www.cbrd.co.uk/sites/default/files/blog/zombie-motorway-rises-again/m6.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/banner_thumbnail_800x300/public/blog/zombie-motorway-rises-again/m6.jpg?itok=TXIy9WfC" width="800" height="300" alt="There&#039;s little chance of any further capacity being squeezed out of the M5 and M6 Midland Links. Time for a bypass? Click to enlarge" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> <figcaption><p class="small text-muted">There&#039;s little chance of any further capacity being squeezed out of the M5 and M6 Midland Links. Time for a bypass? Click to enlarge</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>All of that means a very compelling case now exists to provide a bypass for traffic traversing the West Midlands, and to provide new links that serve the hard-to-reach western fringes of the urban area. It also means the Government is more receptive to ideas like that than at any time in the last few decades.</p> <p>Does that mean the Western Orbital's time has finally come? Well, no, not necessarily. The countryside it would traverse is still populated with people who really don't want it, and who will fight it just like they did twenty years ago. Midlands Connect think the new motorway would also enable the creation of new "garden villages" to allow another 45,000 people to move into the area - that's not going to go down well with the locals either. The environmental case against new roadbuilding remains strong and well supported. The cost of road schemes like this has only gone up since the last time it was being discussed, and the difficulty of securing the political will and the money to make it happen will still be a major challenge.</p> <p>Perhaps nothing will happen. But then, we live in interesting times, and a year ago if you'd asked about the Western Orbital you'd likely be told it was utterly dead, never to be seen again. It's come back from the dead countless times before, and Midlands Connect have just successfully - and very publicly - resurrected it yet again. The question is whether history is going to go on repeating, or whether this time the zombie will stay upright long enough to see the light of day.</p> <p>We don't yet know what parts of Midlands Connect's strategy will be adopted as policy, though undoubtedly at least some of it will be. We await the next steps of this process with interest.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/chris5156" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris5156<!-- --></span></span> <span>Thu, 06/07/2018 - 09:25</span> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <a id="comment-6338"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Harry Ray<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">8 June 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1528790509"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6338&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="8s3EgZVrFOcAvw_FXWBe3U44w4E8PM79xA7LUQA7SLc"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>What an amazing idea! The M5 &amp; M6 are extremely busy around the Birmingham area, and time has come for a new motorway, especially since many people in the west have to go through central Birmingham to get to those motorways. Surprising to think it's been on the cards and yet declined for so many years...</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6339"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Tahrey<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">8 June 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1528790509"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6339&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="uF6Pz02ob5u2OETiCdW9d2PgJyJX6Gfu1k2z6_k15g0"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>If they're going to do it, they'd better do it soon... I've looked over the maps before doing a bit of fantasy planning and there are some places where the needle would already need to be threaded extremely carefully. If there's any further urban development the space to build the road might disappear.</p> <p>It does make a huge amount of sense, though - essentially it's a Yang to the M6 Toll's Yin, and the entire loop around including the south and eastern M42 arms could be given its own number (and do away with that Toll nonsense). The big issue with the M6 through the West Midlands, and the northern part of the M5, is that they run straight through the middle of a huge conurbation, and end up mixing local commuters with long distance traffic. Build the western arm, make the toll road free to use as it's had plenty of time to earn the build costs back, and keep them as permanent 70 (or, hey, why not 80?) to further encourage people travelling past the area to use the bypasses, leaving the roads that go into the cities for people who are actually headed that way.</p> <p>I would go so far as to say it's not ambitious enough, though; the M6 has been showing massive overloading to the north of Birmingham for some time now, and widening schemes and ATM can only go so far. A certain slice of the traffic heading up that way isn't interested in going to Stafford, Stoke, Macclesfield, Manchester, Warrington, Preston, etc, but are heading to Liverpool, The Wirral, Chester, Wrexham, Crewe, and all points along the North Wales coast ... yet they have to mix together, and the result is chaos. Plus that map doesn't show any connection to the M54, even, other than at J2, which would mean anyone heading from the south towards Telford, Shrewsbury, West and North Wales would either have to backtrack at that junction (if provision was even made for that), or end up piling onto the single-carriageway A41 to pull on at J3, or even head further up it.</p> <p>So... Let's make the orbital's connection to the M6 and Toll Road a spur, and instead send the mainline north, vaguely shadowing the A41. Make a couple of wide turns to skirt Newport and Whitchurch, and hook on to the A55 and the base of the M53 at the east side of Chester. Anyone heading to any of those listed places can now get there much quicker (including Liverpool, through the Mersey Tunnels), in fewer miles, and with less stop-start on both that road and the relieved M6, meaning much greater efficiency and lower emissions as well as greater productivity, and better use of the surrounding and extended road networks.</p> <p>The M56 and its interchange with the M6 is less hammered, the interchange between it, the M53 and A55 becomes far less of a dangerous logjam, ditto the M62 and M58 and the junctions between them and the M6, the A41 itself is relieved from all the traffic that already uses it as an alternative to heading twenty miles east then back (to access the M6) only to sit in a queue anyway (and even in the late 90s/early 2000s, my university open day and then studying days, my parents often used to cut off the corner when taking me to Bangor by coming off the M6 a long way short of the M56 and cutting across to the A41 anyway, to avoid traffic; Lymm and the like have only got worse since). Plus, locally to the Birmingham/Black Country conurbation, there's a sensible link up to the M54.</p> <p>If they also finally build a motorway class link from the M42 down to the M50 shadowing the A46 at the same time, we can also renumber things sensibly; the M42 then goes from somewhere southwest of Nottingham down to Strensham (or maybe the whole thing can become either M42 - or M50 - all the way down to Ross ... or even compromise on M46, seeing as the M69 doesn't look like it'll change name any time soon) --- and the M40 (possibly more correctly numbered the M41, as it already follows the A41 much more than the A40) from London all the way up to Chester, if not in fact taking over the M53 and running right up to Birkenhead. At the same time, reroute the M6 proper along the Toll Road and give the old route a downgraded number. M34 or something. Alternatively, give the full orbital an appropriate number, leave the M6 as it is, and have all of the M42, M40 and new M41 (and M46...) as spurs coming off it (with the M42 being truncated where it hits the current M6 Toll; perhaps it could be properly expanded north of Measham and the junction numbers shifted along, or inverted?).</p> <p>(Alternative wider bypass, of course: Upgrade and occasionally realign the current A46 down past Coventry, run a little new road to link up with the dual carriageway that goes around Warwick to the M40 to avoid the somewhat messy confluence with the A45, extend its dualled section beyond where it ends after the M40, bypassing Stratford and Evesham on at least partly new lines, meeting up with the M50... much like the M42 extension, it gives traffic from the Northeast an alternative way of getting down towards South Wales, and indeed just the Southwest in general, without having to deal with the bottleneck of Catshill and the M5 down to Strensham, but this way it doesn't have to cram along either the already overloaded M42 or the single carriageway bits of the A46 (and then either use a short section of M5, or go through the middle of Tewkesbury), in exchange for not being a motorway throughout but a Cumberland Gap style high-quality dual carriageway, maybe even under a 60mph limit... for the time saved by cutting off that corner, and avoiding the traffic, it'd be worth it.)</p> <p>Additional fantasy piece to finish off the bottleneck and missing-link erasure: a similar HQDC class link road coming north off the M5 at Ray Hall (specifically, the link roads to/from M6 South/East), threading another extremely tight needle through the outskirts of Walsall and Aldridge, crossing the A452 at or near to its junction with the A454 (with which it may or may not interchange), meeting up with the A38, (and possibly A5, and M6 Toll, though there'd be little value in any direct links between it and the latter, and maybe even the former) where it makes the sharp right turn just southeast of Lichfield. Which will take some of the traffic that would otherwise still plague the eastern end of the urban M6, as well as the surface parts of the A38 and some of the M42 north, that's either coming from within the conurbation and heading up the M5 initially, or coming from the south but doesn't want the detour of having to go around the western orbital then the M6 Toll (or alternatively, all the way around the M42) on its way to the A38 and points north reached from there, including along the M1 and A50 (and, via the A50, Nottingham, and the A46 northeast of the City). Not sure what you'd number it, A538(M) or something, but you'd then have a nice neat setup with an orbital ring, and the two main motorways heading into it crossing in the middle, rather than forming a T-junction, with one of the main spur roads that the North-South member is obviously pointing towards not being cut off/deflected at the point where it hits the orbital.</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6340"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Tahrey<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">8 June 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1528790509"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6340&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="kmPi5uFf6u3Kyrfu4ifilO49yxtd1OOVfGobIohC_1I"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>(oh, and of course ... further bypass Coventry to the south with an extension to the M45, which would undo the development that's happened along the line of what was itself meant to be a bypass, but has become a congested, traffic light riddled mess thanks to not actually being a motorway proper... spurring off the end of the existing M45, going to the south of the airport in order to avoid the whole A45/A46 scramble, then joining on to the A-road west of the city where it has a nice clean run all the way to Birmingham; in fact, fill that out to 2x2 with hard shoulders, put a single carriageway service link alongside where needed, improve the already fully grade separated junctions to motorway standard, spur off again around Stonebridge to briefly bypass the airport and M42 mess and give a direct line towards Birmingham (plus a simple two-way link to/from the M42 south, but any traffic that wants to go north or to the airport, NEC, maybe even A452 etc has to come off onto the old A45 first), joining back up basically just after the airport freight hub junction, and slap an M on the whole lot... there's space for all this, just, at the moment... this would complete the effective "double tracking" of the M6 from the M1 as far as the M62. In fact, it probably only needs to go as far as the M42, and have 2-way on/off to the *north*, because from there you can segue onto the M6 north just as traffic from the M6 itself turns off onto the M6 Toll, with the respective slip roads missing each other by a half mile or so, rather like the situation with the Toll Road and M54 at the moment, if you follow me. Like, traffic from the M45 (or M1; say going from Northampton to Ellesmere Port) would run along the old motorway (and then on to the M54, and then onto the M41), instead of having to go around the bottom of the orbital loop, and traffic from the M6 (or A14; say, going from Felixstowe to Manchester) could run along what is currently the Toll road, and never the twain would have to meet. 6 or more lanes of simultaneous grade-separated running in both directions, making the best of what's currently available with a fairly limited amount of new build...)</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6341"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Fraser Mitchell<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">8 June 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1528790509"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6341&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="83_3Ein0C2-Rg4pWPGQgxMtotQXZrQv11Qusu83G2-c"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>If HS2 can be built through the Chilterns AONB, surely a failry short motorway west of the West Midlands conurbation is possible despite the NIMBYs , not forgetting the BANANAs (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything)</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6346"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">maurice b andrews<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">14 June 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1529163265"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6346&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="fpxhVMVhklYMhwHIO9TG7S9EXdqLQGEwrQ12VCrYb3I"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I recently travelled on the M6/M5 to Dudley, mid week morning. Absolute hell trip. If the do build this proposed road DO NOT make it a privatly run toll road. Despite all the efforts to make people use the M6 toll it remains under-used and runs at a loss. People in Britain do not like over-priced toll roads.The Dartford crossing is bad enough. Nationize the M6 toll, not a bail-out of another failed private enterprise, that will help in the short term.</p> </div> </div> </article> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=6255&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="aas-VdExNJeAP4tn8q0pn8ekCVdij4gYHhk7E7y4QKw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-sources field--type-text-long field--label-above panel panel-default sources"> <div class="field--label panel-heading"><h3><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-book pull-right" aria-hidden="true"></span> Sources</h3></div> <div class="field--item panel-body small"><ul><li>Midlands Connect organisation and purpose: <a href="https://www.midlandsconnect.uk/">Midlands Connect</a>.</li> <li>Report and outline of new Western Strategic Route: <a href="https://www.midlandsconnect.uk/media/1175/midlands-motorway-hub-summary-report-final-06062018.pdf">Long Term Midlands Motorway Hub Study: Summary Report</a> [PDF], Midlands Connect, 6 June 2018.</li> <li>Northern and Western Motorway route and history: <a href="http://www.pathetic.org.uk/features/northern_and_western_motorway/">Northern and Western Motorway</a>, Pathetic Motorways.</li> <li>Other motorway plans south and west of West Midlands through history: <a href="http://www.pathetic.org.uk/features/secret_history/">Secret History of Motorways</a>, Pathetic Motorways.</li> <li>Western Orbital route and history: <a href="http://www.pathetic.org.uk/unbuilt/western_orbital/">Western Orbital</a>, Pathetic Motorways.</li> <li>Friends of the Earth refer to "zombie" plan: <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-44376197">"M5/M6 link road through Black Country among ideas to cut congestion"</a>, BBC News, 7 June 2018.</li> <li><a href="https://www.transportxtra.com/publications/local-transport-today/news/57998/western-orbital-road-back-on-the-agenda-for-west-midlands/">"Western Orbital road back on the agenda for West Midlands"</a>, <em>Local Transport Today</em>, 25 May 2018.</li> </ul></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-picture-credits field--type-text-long field--label-above panel panel-default picture-credits"> <div class="field--label panel-heading"><h3><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-camera pull-right" aria-hidden="true"></span> Picture credits</h3></div> <div class="field--item panel-body small"><ul><li>Photograph of "Welcome to Lower Penn" sign adapted from <a href="http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5092493">an original by Roger Kidd</a> and used under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">this Creative Commons licence</a>.</li> <li>Zombie artwork adapted from <a href="https://www.publicdomainpictures.net/en/view-image.php?image=235982&amp;picture=zombie">an original by Kai Stachowiak</a> which is in the public domain.</li> <li>Diagram of Western Strategic Route and other proposals is copyright Midlands Connect and used under fair dealing rules for review purposes.</li> <li>Trunk road proposals from 1948 are taken from the West Midland Group's 1948 publication <em>Conurbation: a Survey of Birmingham and the Black Country</em> and believed to be out of copyright, scanned by Jam35 and made available <a href="https://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/wiki/index.php?title=File:Proposals_for_new_Trunk_Roads,_1948_-_Coppermine_-_4026.JPG">on the SABRE Wiki</a>.</li> <li>Photograph of Camp Hill Lane is taken from <a href="http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3223628">an original by Roger Kidd</a> and used under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">this Creative Commons licence</a>.</li> <li>Photograph of M6 Smart Motorway is cropped and scaled from <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/highwaysengland/26614202386">an original by Highways England</a> and used under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">this Creative Commons licence</a>.</li> </ul></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-routes field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline inline-block"> <div class="field--label field--inline-label">Routes</div> <div class="field__items btn-group"> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/routes/m5" hreflang="en">M5</a></div> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/routes/m6" hreflang="en">M6</a></div> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/routes/m42" hreflang="en">M42</a></div> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/routes/m54" hreflang="en">M54</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline inline-block"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items btn-group"> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/regions/west-midlands" hreflang="en">West Midlands</a></div> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/tags/western-orbital" hreflang="en">Western Orbital</a></div> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/tags/motorways" hreflang="en">Motorways</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 09:25:47 +0000 Chris5156 6255 at http://www.cbrd.co.uk The stack is back http://www.cbrd.co.uk/blog/stack-back <span>The stack is back</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="lead">Operation Stack - in which the M20 through Kent is progressively closed and used as a temporary lorry park during cross-channel travel disruption - was supposed to be temporary. In 2015, plans were announced to end it. But new plans announced this week suggest that, far from going away, it may become much more common.</p> <p>Back in summer 2015, we published a new article all about <a href="/articles/operation-stack">Operation Stack</a>. In that year it was deployed more than ever before, including one stint that covered the whole of July. It was just our luck that, as soon as we'd published an article explaining how few alternatives there were, the Government announced that the events of 2015 were not to be repeated and a permanent solution would be found that would mean an end to the Stack.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-link-teaser paragraph--view-mode--default well"> <div class="field field--name-field-destination-page field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article data-history-node-id="6" role="article" about="/articles/operation-stack" typeof="schema:Article" class="article teaser clearfix media"> <div class="media-left"> <div class="field field--name-field-title-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/articles/operation-stack"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/articles/operation-stack/title.jpg?itok=GIA6exBm" width="100" height="100" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="media-body"> <h2 class="media-heading"> <a href="/articles/operation-stack" rel="bookmark"><span property="schema:name">Operation Stack</span> </a> <small>30 August 2015</small> </h2> <span property="schema:name" content="Operation Stack" class="hidden"></span> <span property="schema:interactionCount" content="UserComments:0" class="hidden"></span> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-blurb field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>If there's trouble crossing the Channel, you'll see the lorries queuing on the M20. What is Operation Stack? Why does it cause so much trouble? And why, more than twenty years after it started, are we still using it?</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-routes field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline inline-block"> <div class="field--label field--inline-label">Routes</div> <div class="field__items btn-group"> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/routes/m20" hreflang="en">M20</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline inline-block"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items btn-group"> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/tags/motorways" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Motorways</a></div> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/tags/police" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Police</a></div> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/regions/south-east" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">South East</a></div> </div> </div> <p class="field field--name-field-article-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden inline-block"><strong>Guides</strong></p> </div> </div> </article></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A range of alternatives were suggested. Highways England gamely investigated all sorts of possibilities, from the disused airport at Manston (too far away) to the Kent County Showground at Detling (whose owners were not very keen) to a range of miscellaneous plots of land adjacent to various motorway junctions (where the locals tended to kick up a stink). Money was pledged but there has not, yet, been found a location where the money can be spent. Operation Stack is still waiting in the wings.</p> <h2>An idea whose time has come?</h2> <p>Last week, the Department for Transport <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-operation-stack-plans-to-keep-kent-moving">proudly announced</a> some "new plans" to keep Kent moving in the event of "Channel disruption". The new plan is that, when Operation Stack is implemented on the coastbound carriageway of the M20 between junctions 8 and 9, the Londonbound carriageway will operate in contraflow. Other traffic can then remain on the motorway instead of being diverted off to use the A20. That section is normally used for phase 2 of Operation Stack - it's not yet clear whether it would become the first phase in future.</p> <p>Highways England has been tasked with making this possible from early 2019, and they have gamely agreed. Before it can happen they will need to carry out some fairly extensive work to strengthen the hard shoulder of the Londonbound carriageway so that it can withstand use as a running lane over extended periods of time. Most motorways have shallower foundation layers beneath the hard shoulder because it was never expected to be used as intensively as the main part of the carriageway - this is why many <a href="/articles/smart-motorway">Smart Motorway</a> schemes include significant work to strip out and rebuild the hard shoulder right down to the road's sub-base.</p> <p>The other factor that explains why this can't happen sooner is that a way needs to be found to reliably operate thirteen miles of motorway in contraflow at a moment's notice. That requires a huge quantity of traffic management equipment - cones, barriers, signs and so on - which must be nearby and not already in use. It requires a number of people with the necessary vehicles and skills to be able to safely and competently set it out. And it requires time.</p> <p>Therein lies the problem: the contraflow has been attempted twice before and the (then) Highways Agency gave up on it both times.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-thumbnail-manual paragraph--view-mode--default"> <figure class="text-center"> <a href="/sites/default/files/blog/stack-back/barrier.jpg"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/stack-back/t_barrier.jpg" width="500" height="250" alt="The Concrete Moveable Barrier in action on the M20 - a rare sight even when it was there. Click to enlarge" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </a> <figcaption class="text-center text-muted small">The Concrete Moveable Barrier in action on the M20 - a rare sight even when it was there. Click to enlarge</figcaption> </figure> </div></div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>In 2008, a concrete moveable barrier was installed on the Londonbound carriageway between junctions 11a and 12, with a special vehicle deployed to shift it into the middle of the road to form a contraflow when required. The equipment and vehicle were on lease, but were only used twice in four years - at an estimated total cost of £13m. The system was removed in 2012.</p> <p>A trial was also conducted where a more conventional contraflow was installed. The results of this experiment were not encouraging - the cost of hiring the traffic management equipment was significant, and the time it took to deploy was disappointingly long.</p> <p>Then, in 2015, during the longest period that Operation Stack has been deployed, while the rural roads of Kent were struggling to cope with a month-long closure of a major motorway, Highways England declared that a contraflow would be an <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-33678428">"unacceptable risk"</a>. And that aside, setting up thirteen miles of contraflow is a job that would take so long that it would take several days to set out - by which time the Operation might be called off.</p> <p>So, whatever contraflow solution Highways England come up with must be safer than what they had in mind three years ago, it must involve equipment reserved for this task and stored nearby, it must involve a staffing plan that will work at the drop of a hat, and it must be capable of being set out and cleared away with astonishing speed. No small task.</p> <h2>Why now?</h2> <p>Operation Stack hasn't been called upon for a little while, and the last we heard, the Government was supposedly fixing up a proper, permanent alternative to it. Something must have changed to cause this announcement.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-thumbnail-800x300 paragraph--view-mode--default"> <figure class="text-center"> <a href="http://www.cbrd.co.uk/sites/default/files/articles/operation-stack/empty.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/banner_thumbnail_800x300/public/articles/operation-stack/empty.jpg?itok=fIFMjO7c" width="800" height="300" alt="An empty M20. Don&#039;t get used to it. Click to enlarge" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> <figcaption><p class="small text-muted">An empty M20. Don&#039;t get used to it. Click to enlarge</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>There seem to be two factors, and the first has been gradually permeating every aspect of government policy for the last two years: Brexit. In March 2019, the UK will leave the European Union, but it's not (at the time of writing) even remotely clear what our new relationship with the EU will look like or, more importantly for the M20, how the border points at Dover and Folkestone will operate. It is not a coincidence that these measures will be ready in time for "early 2019". They form part of the contingency plan in case the border does not work as smoothly and quickly as it does now, because any additional time spent on customs formalities risks a long queue of lorries, and a long queue of lorries means Operation Stack.</p> <p>The second factor is that there is still no alternative lorry parking facility for use when the channel crossings are disrupted. Reading between the lines, the Department for Transport's hopes of finding a permanent solution that will mean Operation Stack can be retired seem to be fading, because they are now spending money on making Operation Stack work more effectively and with fewer unpalatable side-effects. That's not something they would be doing if they were making steady progress on a plan that would make it redundant.</p> <p>In fact, far from being on the way out, Operation Stack shows every sign of digging its heels in and being with us for much longer than anyone would hope.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/chris5156" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris5156<!-- --></span></span> <span>Mon, 05/21/2018 - 20:10</span> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <a id="comment-6304"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Brad<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">22 May 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1527016651"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6304&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="6NFeTaxH-zNASmncUYZ3O8E4hygkO1eJ5qLC7wzb5SE"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The obvious solution is a third, parallel carriageway coast bound. But that's far too expensive and nimby.</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6308"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Floyd Pitt<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">24 May 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1527796953"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6308&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="brvev4ix4imNkXDE_8aJl3J1fJyraRHTw3xf7wkfAYI"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Ask the Japanese. They'd have an efficient system. Although a train did leave 25 seconds early at a Japanese station last week, which caused a bit of embarrassment- and no doubt someone lost their job over it- so standards are slipping even there, it seems.</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6309"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Damian<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">24 May 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1527796953"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6309&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Qn97TtLgoYL6s3Dzn-CLj3UGpLK6CW5peZ3Bd0xgpuM"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Or another obvious solution is use the M26, as it has a natural motorway diversion.</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6313"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Steve<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">24 May 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1527796953"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6313&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="e8htrqancPGTM_MnhvsSatMe9rvFEo2Z6VuSHXeZmIA"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Thinking about this now in 2018 with the Smart Motorway program expanding rapidly, the signage part of the operation could all (or significantly) be achieved electronically using the same gantries and variable signs etc currently being deployed on all the Smart Motorways. These would not be used under normal running, only when needed at short notice for the contraflow. That then just leaves the minor issue of rapidly installing 13 miles of temporary concrete barrier without advanced warning...</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6315"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Greg<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">25 May 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1527796953"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6315&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="YGXxdO1dp7MXqQpDVWZ_P281FTqtIKdM6LtdEspBcwo"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Is there an equivalent operation on the French side of the Channel? Or is it less needed because there are three motorway approaches to Calais rather than one (A16 from the south, A26 from the southeast and A16 from Belgium)?</p> </div> </div> </article> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=6254&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="hP9ccd_NogIj3Hldf7QIKKme-35ULujzcTSCqvVDego"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-sources field--type-text-long field--label-above panel panel-default sources"> <div class="field--label panel-heading"><h3><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-book pull-right" aria-hidden="true"></span> Sources</h3></div> <div class="field--item panel-body small"><ul><li>DfT press release: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-operation-stack-plans-to-keep-kent-moving">"New plans to keep Kent moving during Channel disruption"</a>, Gov.uk, 18 May 2018.</li> <li>Moveable concrete barrier: <a href="http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2012-04-04/m20-barrier-scrapped/">"M20 barrier scrapped"</a>, ITV News, 4 April 2012; <a href="http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/operation-stack-barrier-cost-13-a67732/">"Operation Stack barrier cost £13m but has been used just once"</a>, Kent Online, 26 January 2012.</li> <li>Contraflow an "unacceptable risk": <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-33678428">"Operation Stack solution on M20 in Kent 'too risky'"</a>, BBC News, 27 July 2015.</li> </ul></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-picture-credits field--type-text-long field--label-above panel panel-default picture-credits"> <div class="field--label panel-heading"><h3><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-camera pull-right" aria-hidden="true"></span> Picture credits</h3></div> <div class="field--item panel-body small"><ul><li>Photograph of Concrete Moveable Barrier: <a href="http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/operation-stack-barrier-cost-13-a67732/">Kent Online</a>.</li> </ul></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-routes field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline inline-block"> <div class="field--label field--inline-label">Routes</div> <div class="field__items btn-group"> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/routes/m20" hreflang="en">M20</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline inline-block"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items btn-group"> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/tags/highways-england" hreflang="en">Highways England</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 21 May 2018 20:10:41 +0000 Chris5156 6254 at http://www.cbrd.co.uk The design disaster at Deptford http://www.cbrd.co.uk/blog/design-disaster-deptford <span>The design disaster at Deptford</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="lead">Every now and then we take a break from exploring the state of the road network and investigating its past to have a thoroughly enjoyable whinge about the places roads have been built that don't work. We call them <a href="/badjunctions">Bad Junctions</a>.</p> <p>A fair number of nominations come in for new Bad Junctions through CBRD's <a href="/contact">contact page</a>. Not all of them make it - in fact most of them don't. There are two criteria for inclusion, you see. One is that the junction has to be truly bad. Not just congested, or a bit fiddly, or confusing, or a set of traffic lights where you'd prefer a roundabout: it has to be badly conceived and badly designed. The second is that there has to be something interesting that we can make fun of. It could be the worst junction in the world, you see, but if there's nothing amusing to say about it then it's not going in.</p> <p>Today we're adding one that richly deserves inclusion on both counts and it's a bit of a mystery why it hasn't been on the list for years. Deptford Interchange - not in south east London but near a lesser-known Deptford in rural Wiltshire - is where the A36 and A303 meet, and is laid out in the most inexplicably obtuse way.</p> <p><strong>If you'd like to see just what is so very wrong with it, and have your say, CBRD's new Bad Junction is <a href="/badjunctions/36-303">A36-A303 Deptford Interchange</a> and it's awaiting your comments, good and bad, now.</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/chris5156" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris5156<!-- --></span></span> <span>Wed, 05/09/2018 - 12:51</span> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <a id="comment-6277"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">F.Pitt<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">11 May 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1526215443"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6277&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="KF20ESaU5lyBNbSqfdo4nstj--l32DZvOIaTgNvubN0"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/side-by-side/#zoom=14&amp;lat=51.1482&amp;lon=-1.9781&amp;layers=11&amp;right=BingHyb">The current layout side-by-side with the original</a></p> </div> </div> </article> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=6251&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="04TvPSLsOnPbHt1ssJRILrrcyFK-GSt4MBSYiukTiQg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-picture-credits field--type-text-long field--label-above panel panel-default picture-credits"> <div class="field--label panel-heading"><h3><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-camera pull-right" aria-hidden="true"></span> Picture credits</h3></div> <div class="field--item panel-body small"><ul><li>Photograph of Deptford traffic lights is taken from <a href="http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3105227">an original by Lewis Clarke</a> and used under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">this Creative Commons licence</a>.</li> </ul></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline inline-block"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items btn-group"> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/tags/updates" hreflang="en">Updates</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 09 May 2018 12:51:17 +0000 Chris5156 6251 at http://www.cbrd.co.uk Spaghetti Junction recipe http://www.cbrd.co.uk/blog/spaghetti-junction-recipe <span>Spaghetti Junction recipe</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="lead">Do you find complex junctions unnerving? Back in 1972, when the M6 opened through Birmingham, one local newspaper thought it was so devilishly complex that their readers would need a pull-out-and-keep guide to help them navigate it.</p> <p>Junction 6 of the M6 is called Gravelly Hill Interchange, but it's known to almost everyone by its nickname. In planning since the late 1950s, designs were unveiled to a baffled public in 1965, and the <em>Birmingham Evening Post</em> ran a picture on their front page with the headline "Spaghetti Junction". Since that day nobody has really ever called it anything else.</p> <p>To this day it remains one of the most complex interchanges on the UK's motorway network, and not just because of the sliproads that twist around each other. The whole thing is suspended above the confluence of several waterways and a railway viaduct. It's a cliché to say it worries and intimidates drivers. In 2007 it came second in a national poll of the "scariest" road junctions. (The Hanger Lane Gyratory in West London came first.)</p> <p>A rival paper may have named it, but the <em>Birmingham Post</em> were not going to be left standing when it opened. They leapt to the assistance of their bemused readers, providing a free pull-out guide to the new junction, printed on A4 card that folded up like a leaflet. You could keep it in the car and refer to it when planning journeys. Its six sides explained how to get from one arm of the junction to another, with maps of the sliproads you'd take and diagrams of each sign.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-thumbnail-manual paragraph--view-mode--default"> <figure class="text-center"> <a href="/sites/default/files/blog/spaghetti-junction-recipe/01.jpg"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/spaghetti-junction-recipe/t01.jpg" width="700" height="495" alt="Side one of the unique routefinder... Click to enlarge" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </a> <figcaption class="text-center text-muted small">Side one of the unique routefinder... Click to enlarge</figcaption> </figure> </div></div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-thumbnail-manual paragraph--view-mode--default"> <figure class="text-center"> <a href="/sites/default/files/blog/spaghetti-junction-recipe/02.jpg"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/spaghetti-junction-recipe/t02.jpg" width="700" height="495" alt="...and side two. Click to enlarge" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </a> <figcaption class="text-center text-muted small">...and side two. Click to enlarge</figcaption> </figure> </div></div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>So, how do you make Spaghetti Junction easier to use? The <em>Birmingham Post</em> tried to do it with maps and diagrams, carefully pointing out where to fork left and where to fork right, and meticulously listing what each sign would tell you.</p> <p>The fact is, though, that Spaghetti Junction is only really fearsome when you see it from the air - which is where all the photographs are taken. On the ground, it comes at you one decision at a time, and at any particular point you only have to worry about staying straight on or taking a sliproad on the left. It's really quite easy.</p> <p>In 1972, though, nobody knew that - least of all the <em>Birmingham Post</em>. The motorway boom of the 1960s and 1970s left behind all sorts of peculiar artefacts, created as people adjusted to a new world of non-stop high speed travel. This example, though, might just be one of the most carefully crafted and delightfully unnecessary ones we've ever seen.</p> <p><em>The pictures in this post were made available by Peter, one of our readers. Thank you, Peter! </em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/chris5156" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris5156<!-- --></span></span> <span>Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:53</span> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <a id="comment-6248"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stourdave<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">20 April 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1524403223"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6248&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="pRf8AXrEPjbVV86An7iHxQ2aCSGS-9ZlaFuTy_UuU5A"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I’ve driven the top 6 junctions on that list. Elephant and Castle (both pre and post changes) is far scarier than Gravelly Hill. Can’t argue with Hangar Lane at 1 though. It is basically a giant skid pan with a billion lanes where (as I’ve described elsewhere on CBRD) lawless North London drivers furiously exchange inexplicable gaps to get to where they want to go under what seems to be an international statute of secrecy.</p> <p>Back to the scans - you’ve identified the best bit of this for me. This document almost feels like the primer that could have reassured sceptical victorians that a train over 40mph wouldn’t cause them to spontaneously combust. There is a “Brave New World” feel to it, which the paper’s editor has cleverly exploited to make Spag Jn feel like hell, purely to shift a few copies!</p> <p>It’s a pretty clear guide, mind!</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6261"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">B4444<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">26 April 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1525032693"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6261&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="szAwXJU4vWWA7pi-5OKMUp_M0Cn8REWTkzzRY2vVtyM"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A map of the newly opened junction was published on the cover of the AA 'Drive' magazine, and (just for fun), I remember using it when travelling south leaving the M6, and then re-joining it a bit later on via various slip roads and roundabouts. For some reason the Birmingham Post obviously chose not to illustrate that option!</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6273"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Terry Trumpets<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">11 May 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1526030849"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6273&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="y9a1UvgkoJimRs14dOwALAZhPEVc9WETBaI7WO30wtg"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>In the Netherlands there is a junction called Knooppunt Ridderkerk in the middle of urban Rotterdam, where a very busy east-west motorway meets a very busy north-south motorway at the corner of the Rotterdam RING (which is more like a parallelogram), follows the north-south motorway for a short distance then diverges from it again. Congestion is minimised by means of braided sliproads, separate local/express carriageways, multiple C/D lanes and a number of redundant sliproads that have been kept open in case a diversion is necessary. </p> <p>It started life as a cloverleaf junction next to a trumpet junction, but in its present form it is so staggeringly complex it makes Spaghetti Junction look amateurish in comparison. However, like Spaghetti Junction, it is very clearly signposted on the ground, so it's easy to navigate, provided you know where you're going and pay attention to the signs.</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6334"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">YNM<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">7 June 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1528461968"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6334&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="dmBNsoRIDK1wD2aHS2HyuyWaAP4HlbSwnqtwyxMV4mY"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Highways England <a href="https://youtu.be/i_hGzIyuPho&#10;">released a short video back on 31 May</a> celebrating 50 years of the junction's construction.</p> <p>It's an interesting junction, this.</p> </div> </div> </article> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=6249&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="7SQCvpnfte84Azhn9T0AyUXNop79b0XL1WrHU9mkkqA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-sources field--type-text-long field--label-above panel panel-default sources"> <div class="field--label panel-heading"><h3><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-book pull-right" aria-hidden="true"></span> Sources</h3></div> <div class="field--item panel-body small"><ul><li><a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1572297/Britains-ten-scariest-road-junctions-named.html">"Britain's ten scariest road junctions named"</a>, <em>The Telegraph</em>, 12 December 2007.</li> </ul></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-routes field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline inline-block"> <div class="field--label field--inline-label">Routes</div> <div class="field__items btn-group"> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/routes/m6" hreflang="en">M6</a></div> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/routes/a38m" hreflang="en">A38(M)</a></div> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/routes/a38" hreflang="en">A38</a></div> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/routes/a4097" hreflang="en">A4097</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline inline-block"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items btn-group"> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/tags/interchanges" hreflang="en">Interchanges</a></div> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/tags/spaghetti-junction" hreflang="en">Spaghetti Junction</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:53:37 +0000 Chris5156 6249 at http://www.cbrd.co.uk No exit http://www.cbrd.co.uk/blog/no-exit <span>No exit</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="lead">Bristol's <a href="/motorway/m32">M32</a> recently gained a new junction that - I'm sorry about this - you're not allowed to use. It has no junction number and a big "no entry" sign because it's for buses only. To mark this strange new addition to the motorway network, here are five places you can't leave the motorway, starting in Bristol.</p> <h2>The M32's bus only junction</h2> <p>Over the last couple of years works have been progressing to build a new junction on the M32, the little urban motorway spur from the M4 that travels in to the centre of Bristol. New sliproads have been formed between junctions 1 and 2, facing south towards Bristol, adjacent to the existing bridge that carries Stoke Lane over the motorway.</p> <p>The <a href="/motorway/m32/25">brand new interchange</a> would be extremely handy for avoiding the queues at junction 1 if it wasn't for the fact that, very unusually, it exists solely for the use of local bus services - part of Bristol's <a href="https://travelwest.info/metrobus">MetroBus</a> project to create three high-frequency, high-speed bus routes. One route will run from Cribbs Causeway (to the north west of Bristol near the M5) through the city centre to Hengrove in the southern suburbs, and it will do it by joining the M32 from Stoke Lane. A new bus lane adjacent to the central reservation has been installed on the southbound motorway too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-thumbnail-800x250 paragraph--view-mode--default"> <figure class="text-center"> <a href="http://www.cbrd.co.uk/sites/default/files/blog/no-exit/except-local-buses.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/banner_thumbnail_800x250/public/blog/no-exit/except-local-buses.jpg?itok=FJbpLQyi" width="800" height="250" alt="New and unusual signs for the M32&#039;s newest junction and the roundabout at the end of the sliproad. Click to enlarge" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> <figcaption><p class="small text-muted">New and unusual signs for the M32&#039;s newest junction and the roundabout at the end of the sliproad. Click to enlarge</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>For that reason, this junction isn't open to regular traffic. It has no junction number, though it does have advance signs that mark the exit with a no entry sign and a supplementary plate that reads "except local buses".</p> <p>Should you decide that your car qualifies as a local bus for the purposes of trying out a shortcut to Frenchay, you'll find that the sliproads end in a roundabout where you will be invited to u-turn back towards Bristol, and only genuine buses are able to use the connecting road through to Stoke Lane. Sorry.</p> <h2>The M4 "works unit"</h2> <p>Spoiler alert: it's not really a works unit.</p> <p>Travel eastbound on the <a href="/motorway/m4">M4</a> from Bristol towards London and you'll find an exit between junctions 14 and 13 that doesn't have any corresponding sliproads on the westbound side. The signs say "works unit only", so that would just make it another place for police patrols to turn around or a depot for maintenance vehicles or perhaps a salt store for the winter.</p> <p>Except that it doesn't look like one. A normal "works unit" exit is just a paved track leading off the hard shoulder with some no entry signs and a metal gate. This is a pair of sliproads, one off and one on, built to full motorway specifications and complete with hard shoulders. They curve off to the left somewhere. It looks like an actual junction. And there isn't the usual blue sign to mark the entrance. It has signs like a regular junction at one mile, half a mile and at the diverge point, where the "works unit only" legend appears in black on a white panel with a red border - the colour conventions for signs to military sites.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-thumbnail-800x250 paragraph--view-mode--default"> <figure class="text-center"> <a href="http://www.cbrd.co.uk/sites/default/files/blog/no-exit/works-unit-only.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/banner_thumbnail_800x250/public/blog/no-exit/works-unit-only.jpg?itok=5Sq41RxM" width="800" height="250" alt="A strangely coloured sign on the M4, and another in the distance. What works happen here? Click to enlarge" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> <figcaption><p class="small text-muted">A strangely coloured sign on the M4, and another in the distance. What works happen here? Click to enlarge</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The red border is the clue. It's not a motorway maintenance compound at all. The sliproads lead to a locked metal gate that opens on to a farm track, and the farm track leads in a straight line between fields to the back entrance to RAF Welford, a former airfield that has been used since 1955 as a vast munitions store by the US military. (Don't worry, these aren't state secrets - <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Welford">it's all on Wikipedia</a>.)</p> <p>You might not be allowed to take this exit, but a Google Streetview car <a href="https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.4519332,-1.394818,3a,75y,16.4h,91.15t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sToofPJ2azPliSjySsWWyNQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656">boldly explored it in 2011</a>, so you can still take a virtual journey right up to the locked gate and the red signs that explain how much trouble you'll be in if you go any further.</p> <h2>The M8's sliproad to the undergrowth</h2> <p>If you're unhappy about some sliproads being open to other people but not to you, then you might find this one more reassuring. Not only are you not allowed to use it, but neither is anybody else. Between junctions 16 and 17 of the <a href="/motorway/m8">M8</a>, running through central Glasgow, are a series of odd sliproad stumps and bridges that were supposed to form the start of an unbuilt motorway northwards, and in their midst is a forgotten and forbidden sliproad.</p> <p>The motorway and its junction were never built, but if you're travelling westbound you'll see a length of sliproad leaving the motorway on the right hand side (this is the M8 in Glasgow, so that's perfectly normal) and curving away under the opposite carriageway.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-thumbnail-800x300 paragraph--view-mode--default"> <figure class="text-center"> <a href="http://www.cbrd.co.uk/sites/default/files/blog/no-exit/16a.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/banner_thumbnail_800x300/public/blog/no-exit/16a.jpg?itok=UDeduZwy" width="800" height="300" alt="There&#039;s not much to stop you turning right off the M8, but this exit is only for intrepid gardeners with good brakes. Click to enlarge" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> <figcaption><p class="small text-muted">There&#039;s not much to stop you turning right off the M8, but this exit is only for intrepid gardeners with good brakes. Click to enlarge</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Don't take it, though, because if you peer under the bridge you'll see the sliproad then abruptly ends in an overgrown embankment just beyond. The curving sliproad is banked up quite steeply to allow the corner to be taken at speed, but that carefully designed engineering will now just enable exiting vehicles to reach the shrubbery more quickly.</p> <p>The sliproad is the only substantial part of the Maryhill Motorway that was ever built. If it had been finished the motorway would have been faster, safer and, most significantly, would have served more important and less floral destinations. There's more information on Glasgow's unbuilt motorways in <a href="/articles/glasgow">our article on Glasgow</a> and at the <a href="http://www.glasgows-motorways.co.uk/">Glasgow Motorway Archive</a>.</p> <h2>The M60 back door to the Trafford Centre</h2> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-side-image-linked paragraph--view-mode--default"> <figure class="pull-right"> <a href="/sites/default/files/blog/no-exit/trafford.jpg"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/no-exit/t_trafford.jpg" width="200" height="275" alt="Are we nearly there yet? Click to enlarge" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </a> <figcaption class="text-center text-muted small" style="max-width: 200px;">Are we nearly there yet? Click to enlarge</figcaption> </figure> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>If you've ever been to the Trafford Centre, or ever tried to use the western side of the <a href="/motorway/m60">M60</a> on a weekend, or if you've ever had that recurring nightmare about being stuck in a never-ending traffic jam around a series of endless roundabouts on a doomed quest to find a parking space while a toddler in the back seat screams inconsolably about their apple juice being too warm, you'll know exactly how bad the traffic can be in this part of the world. What you will dream of, as you queue to leave the motorway and patiently wait to join the queue for the car park, is a direct route from the M60 to the parking bays.</p> <p>Luckily, one exists. On the anti-clockwise carriageway between junctions 10 and 9 - the part where you can see the plasticky Victoriana of the Trafford Centre through the trees on your left - there's a side turning of the kind you might see leading off an ordinary road and it looks quite out of place on a motorway. A short length of two-way road complete with a dashed white centre line leads to one of the roundabouts on the car park ring road, with John Lewis just in front of you.</p> <p>Its presence on this list makes the bad news no surprise. You're not allowed to use it. A huge green-painted gate blocks the way from the M60 and a raising barrier closes it off from the roundabout. It's not for you. It exists as an emergency access point, presumably to be opened up for ambulances and fire engines when some crisis strikes, while the ordinary access roads are full of cars queuing to get in or get out, and the cars are full of toddlers who wish to voice a complaint about their apple juice.</p> <h2>The M25 building site</h2> <p>The fifth junction on this list is actually still under construction, so even the people who are allowed to use it aren't actually allowed to use it yet. It will be in full use only for a few years before being dismantled again, but don't let that fool you into thinking it's just some muddy haul road for tipper trucks to use during a motorway widening project.</p> </div> </div></div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-thumbnail-800x250 paragraph--view-mode--default"> <figure class="text-center"> <a href="http://www.cbrd.co.uk/sites/default/files/blog/no-exit/hs2.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/banner_thumbnail_800x250/public/blog/no-exit/hs2.jpg?itok=NpAJnGZ9" width="800" height="250" alt="The M25&#039;s new junction takes shape through the April drizzle. Even the people who will be allowed to use it aren&#039;t allowed to use it yet. Click to enlarge" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> <figcaption><p class="small text-muted">The M25&#039;s new junction takes shape through the April drizzle. Even the people who will be allowed to use it aren&#039;t allowed to use it yet. Click to enlarge</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>If you find yourself on the <a href="/motorway/m25">M25</a> between junctions 16 and 17, have a look on the left hand side. Between two bridges carrying local roads across the motorway there is, now, an exit on both sides to a proper kerbed road heading away to the left. It exists to provide road access to a major work compound for the construction of HS2, and if it seems a strange way to provide access to a railway construction site, remember how vocal the opposition to the line was in this area and how neatly this avoids construction traffic using local roads.</p> <p>This site will be quite a hive of activity in coming years, being positioned between the long tunnel that will carry the line under the West London suburbs and the other long tunnel that will take it under the Chilterns. Where the railway line briefly gets a sniff of fresh air there will be a lot of muck to take out and a lot of supplies to bring in.</p> <p>The signs aren't up yet so we don't know how motorists will be warned of its presence, but the smart money is on another blue "works unit only" sign, the catch-all indicator of something just off the motorway that's none of your business.</p> <h2>More places you can't go</h2> <p>The motorway network is full of maintenance depots and gated access points to local roads that are used by works vehicles and police patrols. The junctions in this list are all a bit different to that. Have we missed any? If you're aware of any other unusual, private or secretive ways to get off the motorway then you can share them in the comments below.</p> <p><strong>One place you can go is the <a href="/motorway/m32">M32's page in the Motorway Database</a> that now sports a <a href="/motorway/m32/25">new, un-numbered junction</a> that's just for buses.</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/chris5156" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris5156<!-- --></span></span> <span>Thu, 04/05/2018 - 16:05</span> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <a id="comment-6221"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Gary L<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">10 April 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1523442096"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6221&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="9Y-2FjNXh08KvE6Xr1RHCcDAj3rXtkDAzOm3TkCsJcM"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>There are at least two others on the M11. One is just to the south of Junction 6, another is between Junctions 8 and 9, roughly at marker post 60/0. Both are simple LILO slips that join up with Coopersale Lane and Wicken Road respectively. Used them often in my brief time as an inspector for Area 6.</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6222"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Andy Devanney<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">11 April 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1523442096"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6222&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="123eNnk1ZxkfelAIp9CLKw59p8cv0xhor6v0cRrYrYU"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Hi, If you travel south on the A5103 Princess parkway from Manchester, where you can turn on to the M60 and head east, just as you join the slip road there is another slip road that splits to the left that is just for buses. It heads under the M60.<br /> Also as you approach this junction southwards there is a 40mph sign but then the next one you see is an end of motorway sign on the bus lane. You don't actually pass a sign telling you that national motorway speed limits apply. There are road paintings to say M60 and bus lane though. All rather confuddling.</p> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-6241"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Nicholas<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> in response to <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Andy Devanney<!-- (not verified) --></span> <small class="text-muted">17 April 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1523958449"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6241&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="guEwib6mE_yGjrA0ajQf7kdxpQ6XjFPS5h5lfQHlVbs"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/6222#comment-6222" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Hi, If you travel south on…</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Andy Devanney<!-- (not verified) --></span></p> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>There is similar bus only provision on both sides of the Parkway, with entry and exit routes meaning buses use local roads under the M60, albeit for a very short distance.</p> <p>The idea is so that (1) buses can use the bus stops on the south side of the interchange without having to pull back across the M60 slips, and (2), they don't have to weave between that junction and the one to the south, which also has a pair of bus stops on the sllips.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div><a id="comment-6223"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Toby Speight<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">11 April 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1523549949"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6223&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="cWDQZedEIoR7paOsdM5XphH_3SPXMJ0Iax_rpF3AaaY"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>As always, your writing is spot on, and sometimes makes me fall off my chair - "more important and less floral destinations", indeed!</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6224"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Al<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">11 April 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1523549943"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6224&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="vB08H9MxTE13pXcomeKQ6MsJXcEtFxy0-rhrvV0zEpI"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>There are two on the M77 between Junctions 1 and 2. Southbound, near J2, there is a small gate leading into Pollok Park, just after the footbridge through that park, while northbound there is access to the railway yard just before J1.</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6232"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Terry Trumpets<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">12 April 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1523611146"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6232&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="fPfu3iT_C71_3vPW9ZvdLU5iyO0a82w_IavKggPyvR4"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>There's a pair of T-junctions at the north end of the M18 just south of Rawcliffe Bridge, onto VERY narrow single-track sliproads that lead to a small country lane, and another similar set on the M62 to the north-east of Rawcliffe Bridge. They're there so that emergency vehicles can join or leave the M18 or M62 near the junction where they meet, as the next junction with any local access is a long way from the interchange.</p> <p>In both cases there are no gates at either end, but they're deep in the countryside of East Yorkshire and the roads they connect to are unclassified and very isolated, so the possibility of abuse is low. Plus, the entries and exits are so tight you'd have to take them at walking pace. I really don't envy any emergency vehicle driver who ends up having to use them.</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6237"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Greg<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">14 April 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1523958449"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6237&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="lqTHRVfh7xdSUdBm8zw0soBCXxH3HldRIFcZLX7_hQY"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>One thing that surprises me is that the new M32 sliproads have full-width hard shoulders all the way to the roundabout. Pretty swish for under 100 vehicles a day.</p> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-6276"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sarah<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> in response to <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Greg<!-- (not verified) --></span> <small class="text-muted">11 May 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1526215091"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6276&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="oNEVd_Fz54p1X_WyJnu0IU3KX8LpLCoA8pw8qw47omU"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/6237#comment-6237" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">One thing that surprises me…</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Greg<!-- (not verified) --></span></p> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Perhaps so the buses can still get past when other buses break down there or when hapless fools decide that just stopping is the best way to deal with having taken the wrong turn? Or, like on the little bus/contraflow cycle lane at the other end of Stoke Lane, when coach or taxi drivers fancy a fag break.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div><a id="comment-6238"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Lewis<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">15 April 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1523958449"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6238&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="m9tFo4jKHH0iZIeuOKBF9697Ccrbzo6aNGsxyhtZdk8"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>There are two I know of. On the M20 immediately west of junction 5 are a pair of east-facing slips connecting to Hall Road via a gate. The off-slip (westbound) is signed "For Emergency Vehicles only." There is a large hospital about 2 miles away but this route is longer than by junction 5 itself.</p> <p>On the M2 Medway Bridge, there is a cycle path on the north side adjacent to the carriageway. On the east side, it has its own secret sliproad-style connection to Borstal Road (again Google StreetView have ventured along the slip). On the west side, however, the cycle path re-uses the on-slip of old junction 2 (from prior to the second bridge build and M2 widening in 2003).</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6239"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ER<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">15 April 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1523958449"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6239&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Fjuz-8por83Fuwxe6LgWBve3OC8wdLklSmvgki0oYWo"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The Trafford Centre does actually have another open exit from the car park that goes straight onto the m60 towards Stockport. Bypasses the roundabout. No use if you want to go the other way.</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6242"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Nicholas<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">17 April 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1523958449"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6242&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="pIvTa8PwRTKoErCICoionoB3NYeTkUFhnjgVC5VI3zY"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The Trafford Centre gates are indeed for stated reasons. The Centre has comprehensive procedures in the event of an emergency, but if necessary, the motorway can be blocked whist traffic escapes the car parks directly onto the motorway.</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6243"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mark Schueler<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">17 April 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1523969228"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6243&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="1OOxeF7T9ADHQLgnx29efPxPvDbOWGdAIrSJO-OK9I4"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The remnants of the southern terminus of the Collumpton by-pass still exist on the M5. It's signed as a police ramp and the far end is gated.</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6244"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Emil<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">17 April 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1523969232"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6244&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="wFjo2oh9m1DPx9TFQ_gZlmAIKbdoHF_e1HpmX4IqbuU"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The M4 one you mentioned, if you go on Google street view for that one, the signs were replaced by the blue motorway signs in 2016</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6270"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stourdave<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">29 April 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1525384822"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6270&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="_hpmD9boDqhAYtsoyCEhUY_oeeC5QoZduVh5Sgdv1ZY"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I spotted one on the NB M6 between 35 and Burton services. It’s a painted LILO affair (M50 J3 is only slightly bigger!) and comes out on to Cinderbarrow Lane, which turns to cross the motorway to the South. I was intrigued to follow the M6 here as it seems to have severed many lanes and roads. In fact at the point it connects to Cinderbarrow Lane it also severed the Lancaster canal, which was culverted several times in this section.</p> <p>It caught my eye as it immediately stops at a pair of farm gates - no slip road to speak of, which I fancy might be unusual. It is signed as a Works Unit from the motorway. On the other side, aside from the No Entry signs and “except authorised vehicles” plates, there’s also a sign in Transport (albeit in all caps) on the gate itself saying “PRIVATE / NO ADMITTANCE / EXCEPT AUTHORISED VEHICLES”. I’m sorry to say I’m not sure how “private” a 6 lane motorway thundering through the Lancashire countryside can be! (Not that you’d know it - there’s no chopsticks sign to speak of!)</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6275"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Greg<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">11 May 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1526215091"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6275&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="uR7vLmNZ11I7-ApoXtKafiTG1pw8jj3x1L_gArSScyI"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Speaking of Streetview cars going where they shouldn't, one has documented the unbuilt-services-turned-police-compound at Chigwell on the M11, while it was in use as a marshalling area for Olympic construction vehicles. (At the time it was signed as a full exit with black HGV signs and countdown markers, which may be why the driver braved it.)</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6285"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Ianno<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">16 May 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1526583981"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6285&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="_5PEYAZXHyg3tF3TEQDCzSYD0aJKLl-np-1GW1p4Baw"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Not a motorway (quite), but on the A666 Farnworth/Kearsley bypass just north of where it becomes the M61, southbound carriageway was an access compound similar to the HS2 example on the M25.</p> <p>It was created in 2015 when Network Rail were reboring Farnworth tunnel for railway electrification. In this case, it gave heavy vehicle access into an otherwise difficult to access site with no road access (the other tunnel end being heavily built up and residential in a cutting), and also access to an intermediate shaft in the tunnel, through which concrete was pumped as part of the works.</p> </div> </div> </article> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=6246&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="H7xgiimOqtQ8CY0wBPrrNvxEjVVdQNctOmu7zis_bKM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-sources field--type-text-long field--label-above panel panel-default sources"> <div class="field--label panel-heading"><h3><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-book pull-right" aria-hidden="true"></span> Sources</h3></div> <div class="field--item panel-body small"><ul><li>Bristol MetroBus project: <a href="https://travelwest.info/metrobus">Travelwest MetroBus</a>; <a href="https://www.bristol.gov.uk/streets-travel/metrobus-bus-rapid-transit-brt">Bristol City Council MetroBus</a>.</li> <li>Bus-only junction signage: <a href="http://assets.dft.gov.uk/trafficauths/case-4555.pdf">DfT Traffic Authorisation 4555</a> (PDF).</li> <li>RAF Welford and private access from M4: <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Welford">Wikipedia</a>.</li> </ul></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-picture-credits field--type-text-long field--label-above panel panel-default picture-credits"> <div class="field--label panel-heading"><h3><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-camera pull-right" aria-hidden="true"></span> Picture credits</h3></div> <div class="field--item panel-body small"><ul><li>Signage diagrams for M32 taken from <a href="http://assets.dft.gov.uk/trafficauths/case-4555.pdf">DfT Traffic Authorisation 4555</a> and used under the Open Government Licence.</li> <li>Picture of "works unit only" sign on M4 is taken from <a href="http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2300120">an original by Andrew Hackney</a> and used under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">this Creative Commons licence</a>.</li> <li>Picture of M8 sliproad in Glasgow is taken from Google Streetview.</li> <li>Picture of the Trafford Centre is taken from <a href="http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1758267">an original by David Lally</a> and used under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">this Creative Commons licence</a>.</li> </ul></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-routes field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline inline-block"> <div class="field--label field--inline-label">Routes</div> <div class="field__items btn-group"> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/routes/m4" hreflang="en">M4</a></div> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/routes/m8" hreflang="en">M8</a></div> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/routes/m25" hreflang="en">M25</a></div> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/routes/m32" hreflang="en">M32</a></div> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/routes/m60" hreflang="en">M60</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline inline-block"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items btn-group"> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/tags/motorways" hreflang="en">Motorways</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 05 Apr 2018 16:05:36 +0000 Chris5156 6246 at http://www.cbrd.co.uk The UK's latest motorway http://www.cbrd.co.uk/blog/uks-latest-motorway <span>The UK&#039;s latest motorway</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="lead">The new <a href="/motorway/a1">A1(M)</a> between Leeming and Barton in North Yorkshire is now, finally, nearing completion. The much-delayed upgrade work will finally connect Tyneside and Teesside to the national motorway network. It's been a long wait.</p> <p>The A1 is never really finished. Through North Yorkshire, the old Great North Road was upgraded to a dual carriageway in the 1950s and 60s by laying a second road alongside the first, but by the 1990s that was no longer adequate. Successive governments have had the intention of upgrading it to a motorway, closing the gap between the English motorway network and the isolated length of A1(M) that runs from Darlington to Gateshead, since the late 1980s - but it's taken a long time for that to happen.</p> <p>In fact, this final section, now being finished off, was not just delayed by years of indecision and changing political will. Even once construction started it's been beset by one problem after another - making it not just the latest motorway, but also one of the most late-running.</p> <h2>The long road to a new motorway</h2> <p>Upgrading a section of A1 to A1(M) is never simple, but the section between Leeming and Barton has proved more difficult than most. Here's a whistle-stop tour of the journey so far.</p> <ul><li>In the early 1990s, John Major's Conservative Government adopted a policy of upgrading the whole A1 to motorway between London and Newcastle (by which, in the manner typical of grand policy announcements, it actually meant the M25 and Gateshead). A start was made: that policy gave us the A1(M) between Walshford and Dishforth, now roughly junctions 46 to 49, which opened in 1995 as an isolated stretch of motorway.</li> <li>The policy was then scrapped in a spending review in 1996, so North Yorkshire kept its long length of plain dual carriageway A1 and an ever-worsening safety record.</li> <li>In the early 2000s, the Highways Agency revived plans to upgrade the remaining sections of A1 in North Yorkshire to motorway standard, and progressively upgraded the lengths between Darrington (just south of the M62) and Walshford. And in about 2003, a scheme called "A1(M) Dishforth to Barton" entered the trunk road programme, promising an upgrade to three-lane motorway for the remaining 24-mile stretch. A consultation was held in 2005.</li> <li>The start of work on this epic upgrade scheme was pencilled in for 2008, but slipped backwards twice, and the Highways Agency then divided the scheme into two halves that would happen one after the other to make it more "deliverable". Work began on the southern half, Dishforth to Leeming, in 2009, just as the financial crisis really began to bite.</li> <li>While work was under way, the then Chancellor, George Osborne, came looking for savings. He saw half a motorway project that hadn't yet begun. In 2010 the Leeming to Barton scheme was abruptly cancelled.</li> <li>Funding was found for the Leeming to Barton motorway scheme in late 2012, the plans were dusted off, and work finally began on site in 2014 - presumably in something of a rush so that nobody would have time to cancel it again.</li> </ul><h2>A deceptively difficult project</h2> <p>Getting this upgrade project under way was one thing. Finishing it has been quite another.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-thumbnail-800x300 paragraph--view-mode--default"> <figure class="text-center"> <a href="http://www.cbrd.co.uk/sites/default/files/blog/uks-latest-motorway/catterick.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/banner_thumbnail_800x300/public/blog/uks-latest-motorway/catterick.jpg?itok=bL9S-p09" width="800" height="300" alt="Work ongoing at Catterick in September 2017 - three months after the motorway was due to open, but with work still to be done. Click to enlarge" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> <figcaption><p class="small text-muted">Work ongoing at Catterick in September 2017 - three months after the motorway was due to open, but with work still to be done. Click to enlarge</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The projected timescale for the works (<a href="/road-schemes/a1m-leeming-barton">as still listed in CBRD's Road Schemes section</a>) was March 2014 to June 2017, a period of more than three years. Building a road will normally take two years, but this was an on-line upgrade of an existing road with some tricky work to be done while live traffic ran through the work site, so extra time was needed. But the extra year was not enough - in fact the scheme is still under way now and it's likely finishing works will continue beyond June 2018, making this one of the most delayed road schemes in recent memory.</p> <p>Among the various causes for the late running were unexpected archaeological finds (around Catterick, which has been settled since Roman times), occasional flooding, and difficulties stabilising embankments and earthworks around the River Swale. Carillion were one of the partners in the joint venture contracted to build the motorway, but Highways England have been quite clear that the collapse of the company was the one unforeseen disaster that didn't affect timescales.</p> <h2>Almost open for business</h2> <p>Motorway regulations have applied to the southern half of the new motorway - between Leeming and Catterick - since late February, and that part is now all but complete. The northern half is still a worksite, but the end is now at least in sight. That's why we've now updated the <a href="/motorway/a1">A1's Motorway Database page</a> to show the new motorway configuration in the exit list, complete with new junction layouts, numbers and markerposts.</p> <p>When the cones are finally cleared away, the A1(M) will form a continuous motorway from Darrington, south of the M62, to Birtley, just south of Gateshead -  a distance of 93 miles. If that section were a motorway in its own right it'd be the seventh longest in the UK, ahead of the M40 and just behind the M62. And the North East will, for the first time, get a motorway connection to the rest of England - something that's been a work in progress for about half a century now.</p> <p><strong>The A1 and A1(M) are covered in detail in <a href="/motorway/a1">CBRD's Motorway Database</a>. The A1(M) Leeming - Barton upgrade scheme can be tracked in <a href="/road-schemes/a1m-leeming-barton">CBRD's Road Schemes pages</a>.</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/chris5156" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris5156<!-- --></span></span> <span>Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:51</span> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <a id="comment-6254"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Toby<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">23 April 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1524480650"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6254&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="T88_j3-A3QZ__oWFKRbQolfUkPj9oIgqgspqlBxa0Ao"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Great article as usual.<br /> Just a comment - the first bullet mentions the ambition to upgrade the A1 between M25 and Newcastle, maybe worth mentioning the Cambridgeshire A1(M) section that was built/opened in 1998?</p> </div> </div> </article> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=6243&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="VXzlTFuTKblLUXOcS0oCh566ITQvexxtGH8UiNPqiks"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-picture-credits field--type-text-long field--label-above panel panel-default picture-credits"> <div class="field--label panel-heading"><h3><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-camera pull-right" aria-hidden="true"></span> Picture credits</h3></div> <div class="field--item panel-body small"><ul><li>Photograph of recovery truck on unopened A1(M) taken from <a href="http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5103266">an original by Gordon Hatton</a> and used under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">this Creative Commons licence</a>.</li> <li>Photograph of works in Catterick taken from <a href="http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5543257">an original by Martin Dawes</a> and used under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">this Creative Commons licence</a>.</li> </ul></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-routes field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline inline-block"> <div class="field--label field--inline-label">Routes</div> <div class="field__items btn-group"> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/routes/a1" hreflang="en">A1</a></div> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/routes/a1m" hreflang="en">A1(M)</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline inline-block"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items btn-group"> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/tags/updates" hreflang="en">Updates</a></div> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/tags/motorways" hreflang="en">Motorways</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:51:16 +0000 Chris5156 6243 at http://www.cbrd.co.uk Putting new roads on the map http://www.cbrd.co.uk/blog/putting-new-roads-map <span>Putting new roads on the map</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="lead">In January, <a href="http://www.cbrd.co.uk/blog/future-road-schemes">we asked your views</a> about the future of the <a href="/road-schemes">Road Schemes</a> section of CBRD. Here's an update on what's happening now.</p> <p>First things first: any plan to close it has been postponed. The response was far, far greater than anything I anticipated - and if you're one of the people who got in touch, thank you.</p> <p>As a result of the feedback, my first problem is that I'm no longer sure I can trust my website statistics, which told me only 1% of visitors ever went to the Road Schemes pages. To fix that, I've set up new software that will provide much more detailed figures, and it will need to run for a few months before it produces anything meaningful.</p> <p>In the meantime, I've done something to see if I can make it easier to navigate the Road Schemes pages and to stimulate some more interaction. Good news for Road Schemes fans - far from being removed, it just got much easier to navigate.</p> <h2>Introducing "map view"</h2> <p>You can now use tabs at the top of the main <a href="/road-schemes">Road Schemes</a> page to switch between the existing list view and a <a href="/road-schemes/map">new map view</a>, which shows all the current and future schemes plotted on a single map of the UK. You can click the symbols to see more information or link to the full scheme page, and you can even use the filters at the top of the page to adjust which schemes appear on the map.</p> <p>It's not designed to replace the list view, but it should make it easier to browse around the country and see what's happening and where. There's a lot of squiggly lines and markers drawn onto the map, so it works well on desktop computers and tablets, but you might find it a bit fiddly or slow to load if you read the site on your mobile.</p> <p>It's early days for this new feature yet, and I'll continue tinkering with it through this week, so please let me know what you think in the comments.</p> <h2>Introducing something else entirely</h2> <p>Here's something extra as a reward for reading to the end of a dull blog post of website news.</p> <p>Regular visitors can already get updates using the <a href="/blog">RSS feed</a> or through <a href="https://www.twitter.com/cbrd_roads">Twitter</a>, but if neither of those appeal to you, you might like this early invitation to follow the new <a href="https://www.facebook.com/cbrdroads/">CBRD Facebook page</a>. There's not much there just yet, but I'll post new updates and other interesting stuff there in much the same way as the Twitter feed.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/chris5156" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris5156<!-- --></span></span> <span>Mon, 03/05/2018 - 19:38</span> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <a id="comment-6172"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">David meldrum<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">5 March 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1520285792"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6172&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="bPNVw7x10R9Fvo2HxOtf2H7sQzo8i3dRbSQUX5u0M-o"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Sometimes, just sometimes, youre my hero !</p> <p>thanks for keeping the Road Schemes :-)</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6173"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Gerry McKenna<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">6 March 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1520332765"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6173&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="tsNvR1k8b0lseMONCcieslmQZtMzcHJAZUmPcpRfmtA"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Great to hear that the "axe" has been put away! I think the map view is a great idea. A shame some of the official sources aren't as proactive or quick.</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6174"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dirkyt<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">6 March 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1520357250"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6174&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="2Hqlfs1uU07A_i9MIHhVnfLuSthtncPSbL7f7R8f6_o"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Fantastic news. It is clear all visitors must get behind this study as if we do not use the new roads section we clearly will loose it. As a maps geek anything new with maps is always a winner. Thanks</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6175"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Gerry McKenna<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">7 March 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1520424600"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6175&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="a5ZUGWGt2Undy1JEyFgWhtVwL2e91cFHv5MXHy_5lS8"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I appreciate the "Map view" is still a work in progress . Just noticed that the A90 Laurencekirk Junction Improvement scheme is absent from Map View.<br /> Thank you.</p> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-6178"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/chris5156"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/chris5156" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris5156<!-- --></span></span> </strong> in response to <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Gerry McKenna<!-- (not verified) --></span> <small class="text-muted">7 March 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1520424838"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6178&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="n01nBk2mQAtctAoCiRwXziR8XuARzDDbm31NsbS7eXQ"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/6175#comment-6175" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">I appreciate the &quot;Map view&quot;…</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Gerry McKenna<!-- (not verified) --></span></p> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Thanks for spotting that. Map View picks up whatever lines and markers are drawn on the map on each individual scheme page, and the Laurencekirk scheme had nothing on its map. I've added a junction marker and it now shows up on Map View.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div><a id="comment-6180"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Ian Johnson<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">8 March 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1520533843"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6180&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="um_xVFczXQD34KfIGZHG04nnZYwCZnFPYWLlH4XSCzE"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Thanks Chris. A1 North Yorkshire: <a href="http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/a1-leeming-to-barton-improvement/">http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/a1-leeming-to-barton-improvement/</a> shows now motorway status from 26 February 2018</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6182"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Steve Spencer<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">8 March 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1520880951"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6182&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="tJU6oHjSfSYdGzv-D_ZW8ykAsp1DObOUYtodnmCCkBA"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Wow, Chris, thanks...<br /> Will gladly keep things updated in my area, but I live in Cumbria.<br /> Need to get them building first...<br /> Kendal Northern Relief Road would be a start!</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6183"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">James<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">9 March 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1520880951"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6183&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="NtfomSpS5dAmr1hzyepdsYW1XleHyQiRFlsEJI8GJsc"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Great stuff. I use the road schemes page all the time, actually one of my favourite bits of the site.</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6184"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Matt Tovey<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">11 March 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1520880951"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6184&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="6sXzORT2I3CdA9OmLhjto3WI41_sxPxy3WfC69OWa00"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Great news about this. Its a very useful site.</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6186"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">floyd pitt<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">12 March 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1520880951"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6186&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="faLSpbXGIG3UyF-NXThmrfrjR2SVstsAJkZCPGe0a5M"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Good man. I always feel like I'm amongst friends here.</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6191"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Ben Wright<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">14 March 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1521110868"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6191&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="d-2BciUjLcGlmq42agVA4Ue7bTgSGWv3Ml9Fk6cupIk"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The right choice Chris... good news.</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6196"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">David Stevenson<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">18 March 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1521392973"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6196&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="CxDUcHzVxeCaTHH6DVHzEmZ-jGAvJO5ppgLHHEHlg1M"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>If the workload is high, is there any way it can be offloaded? I'd be willing to offer help if practical. I'm thinking maybe not making it an "anyone can edit anything wiki", but more like "keep the pages in an open source repository on github, to which contributors can submit pull requests that you choose to accept or not".</p> <p>Or something else, it's just a thought.</p> </div> </div> </article> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=6237&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="kIeOC6lV09Q338mq4QXvZdvBWfN-S2dpV1A4wzZP9kE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline inline-block"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items btn-group"> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/tags/updates" hreflang="en">Updates</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 05 Mar 2018 19:38:17 +0000 Chris5156 6237 at http://www.cbrd.co.uk The story of London's motorways http://www.cbrd.co.uk/blog/story-londons-motorways <span>The story of London&#039;s motorways</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="lead">The next set of rewritten and vastly expanded Ringways pages are now online, charting the background and the history of road plans in London from the early twentieth century to the public and political fight over the Ringways themselves.</p> <p>CBRD has been the home of the Ringways - plans for a London-wide network of urban motorways, proposed in the 1960s but never built - for nearly fifteen years now. Rewriting the pages, making them more accurate and adding a wealth of new research, is taking some time, but I'm steadily working through them. Back in December, the return of the pages detailing Ringway 1 was <a href="/blog/ringways-are-back">announced</a>. Today, if you go to the <a href="/ringways">Ringways</a> pages, you'll find four new pages have arrived detailing the full history of the plans. These seem to be the pages that people most want to see next.</p> <p>It's a long read, for which I make no apology. It's a story worth telling. Efforts to plan and rebuild London throughout the first half of the last century were led by a desire to fix the traffic problem, and each generation of planners considered it their first duty to provide better roads. Back in 1936, when the "Highway Development Plan" was published, proposing new roads and junction improvements across the city, it sold out so fast that one of its co-authors, Sir Edwin Lutyens, couldn't get hold of a copy for himself. Just forty years later, roadbuilding in the capital had become politically, socially and financially unthinkable. A vast network of motorways had been proposed to solve the traffic problem, and Londoners were having none of it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-thumbnail-800x300 paragraph--view-mode--default"> <figure class="text-center"> <a href="http://www.cbrd.co.uk/sites/default/files/ringways/background/pw-sunken.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/banner_thumbnail_800x300/public/ringways/background/pw-sunken.jpg?itok=8oMVvgsy" width="800" height="300" alt="The Arterial &quot;A&quot; Ring - a 1940s proposal for a motorway-standard inner ring road - is one of the predecessors to London&#039;s 1960s motorway plans. Click to enlarge" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> <figcaption><p class="small text-muted">The Arterial &quot;A&quot; Ring - a 1940s proposal for a motorway-standard inner ring road - is one of the predecessors to London&#039;s 1960s motorway plans. Click to enlarge</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The story of the evolving attempts to adapt London to the requirements of motor traffic, and the shifting public mood on the subject, is a fascinating one. It shapes the city even today, and without a doubt shapes its politics. Now you can read it from start to finish.</p> <h2>What's online now?</h2> <p>Four new pages have appeared that tell the story of road planning in London, explaining how the capital came to the brink of building a colossal motorway network when its citizens did not appear to want one. "Early plans", "Post-war planning", "A plan for Greater London" and "The end" tell the story in four parts. And, like the other new pages, there's now a full list of sources and references for each.</p> <p>All four pages are quite long. Normally, when I write a long-form article, I do copy editing on paper. Printing out these four articles covered 19 sides of A4 paper in single-spaced text. It's been brought down a little since then, but you might want to find a comfortable chair if you're settling down to read them in one go.</p> <h2>What's next?</h2> <p>The plan is to go back to the pages detailing individual road schemes: the next group of pages to return will be those for Ringway 2, including the North Circular Road, and a new page that didn't previously exist called the Clapham-Wandsworth Link.</p> <p><a href="/ringways"><strong>You'll find the new pages in the Ringways section.</strong></a> As before, please leave a comment here with your thoughts, and if you find anything that should be corrected, you can always <a href="/contact">send me an email</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/chris5156" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris5156<!-- --></span></span> <span>Tue, 02/20/2018 - 14:25</span> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <a id="comment-6159"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Joel<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">26 February 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1519757037"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6159&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="YFpageXGb1RznVvammqkSu3wy4Ym5TA9PARcerJJof4"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I’m so glad a website like this exists. I’ve been fascinated with the old Ringways scheme for a while now and I’m struggling to find route maps on where the roads would have gone. I’ve even tried looking for Greater London maps where the northern part of Ringway 3 was called the M16. The southern part of Ringway 2 and 3 is the mystery for me as I have little information on where the proposed routes would have been. I wait in anticipation for your updates in the future!</p> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-6160"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/chris5156"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/chris5156" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris5156<!-- --></span></span> </strong> in response to <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Joel<!-- (not verified) --></span> <small class="text-muted">27 February 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1519757082"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6160&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Xs9uBCBQ8PVfdcaYdDozUbcqqgsYgIqD8Y0YWrPisIo"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/6159#comment-6159" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">I’m so glad a website like…</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Joel<!-- (not verified) --></span></p> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Thanks Joel! I'm sorry to make you wait, but route maps for all the other Ringways (and hopefully also a full map of the whole of London, showing all of them) will be along eventually.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div><a id="comment-6199"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mikey C<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">19 March 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1521587583"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6199&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="M0exE92t95W4QnzWUZF_cau2P8QuqA80XTiIzp1Xyhg"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Browsing a football ground site, I saw this fascinating proposal from the early 1970s for how Chelsea's ground would be redeveloped. Which has the West Cross route running behind it over the railway line! The East Stand nearest the Motorway is the only part of this proposal actually built.</p> <p><a href="http://footballgroundguide.ipbhost.com/topic/26770-stadium-models/?do=findComment&amp;comment=473514">http://footballgroundguide.ipbhost.com/topic/26770-stadium-models/?do=f…</a></p> </div> </div> </article> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=6229&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="nzOZ4U0u50DkvZ_DGWRLuMsmkDrApnCv2LnA2554-JQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-picture-credits field--type-text-long field--label-above panel panel-default picture-credits"> <div class="field--label panel-heading"><h3><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-camera pull-right" aria-hidden="true"></span> Picture credits</h3></div> <div class="field--item panel-body small"><ul><li>Diagram showing optimum traffic corridors is extracted from <a href="http://archive.cbrd.co.uk/index.php5?title=HLG_159/1024">HLG 159/1024</a>.</li> <li>Artist's impression extracted from <a href="http://archive.cbrd.co.uk/index.php5?title=MT_110/3">MT 110/3</a>.</li> </ul></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline inline-block"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items btn-group"> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/tags/updates" hreflang="en">Updates</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:25:10 +0000 Chris5156 6229 at http://www.cbrd.co.uk The zero-emission street http://www.cbrd.co.uk/blog/zero-emission-street <span>The zero-emission street</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="lead">London's Mayor, Sadiq Khan, introduced his new <a href="/blog/time-t">Toxicity Charge</a> last year and hopes to cover much of London with a new Ultra Low Emission Zone from next year. Now three London boroughs are hoping to go even further, sooner.</p> <p>There's no doubt that London's air quality is a problem, and over the last few years the issue has become increasingly political. This week, however, there was an interesting new development: three councils have set out their stall to beat the Mayor at his own game by setting up their own Ultra Low Emission Zones, and they're hoping to do it by the end of March this year.</p> <h2>What's being planned?</h2> <p>The boroughs of Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets - all inner London boroughs in north-east London, bordering the City - have joined forces on a project to improve air quality in the "city fringe", which roughly translates as the bit of London bordering the central area: the part that suffers a lot of the congestion of traffic on the Inner Ring Road and on key radial routes in and out, but doesn't get as much of the economic benefit as the central area itself.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-side-image-linked paragraph--view-mode--default"> <figure class="pull-right"> <a href="/sites/default/files/blog/zero-emission-street/ulev.png"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/zero-emission-street/t_ulev.png" width="121" height="250" alt="Proposed sign for the new zone. Click to enlarge" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </a> <figcaption class="text-center text-muted small" style="max-width: 121px;">Proposed sign for the new zone. Click to enlarge</figcaption> </figure> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The first proposal, now out for consultation, sits across the border of Islington and Hackney close to Old Street roundabout on the A501 Inner Ring Road. Two "zones" are proposed, divided by the Inner Ring Road: zone 1 covers Cowper, Singer, Tabernacle, Paul, Willow and Blackall Streets; zone 2 covers Rivington Street and Charlotte Road. These are narrow, minor streets, already mostly subject to one-way working and carrying relatively little through traffic. Lying between "Silicon Roundabout" and Shoreditch, they're in a trendy area known for its nightlife and a variety of building types and uses, with lots of pedestrian traffic.</p> <p>If implemented, the Ultra Low Emission Zone would apply only on weekdays 7-10am and 4-7pm. It is actually, in a rather clever use of existing powers, a pedestrianisation project, and the signs at entry points will declare it a "pedestrian and cycle zone" with a "stunt motorbike" sign to prohibit all motorised vehicles. A supplementary plate below the sign will make an exception for permit holders (those being residents and businesses inside the zone who can apply to be exempted) and "ULEV" - ultra-low emission vehicles. The effect will be to ban all motorised traffic that does not belong to the people who live and work on those streets with the exception of fully electric vehicles and the very cleanest hybrids.</p> <p>The zones will be enforced with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, and steep fines of well over £100 will be issued to polluting vehicles that enter those streets during the hours of operation. Six such cameras will be required to police all entry points.</p> </div> </div></div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-thumbnail-800x250 paragraph--view-mode--default"> <figure class="text-center"> <a href="http://www.cbrd.co.uk/sites/default/files/blog/zero-emission-street/rivington.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/banner_thumbnail_800x250/public/blog/zero-emission-street/rivington.jpg?itok=50rMYrNs" width="800" height="250" alt="A view along Rivington Street, typical of the area affected by the new proposals. Click to enlarge" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> <figcaption><p class="small text-muted">A view along Rivington Street, typical of the area affected by the new proposals. Click to enlarge</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2>Will it last?</h2> <p>The immediate concern about a scheme like this is that it will come into force about a year before Sadiq Khan's Ultra Low Emission Zone, which will apply to the whole of London within the North and South Circular Roads, covering the whole of these very small zones. So will it have any purpose a year from now?</p> <p>The answer is yes, because its requirements are more strict than the London-wide ULEZ. The scheme proposed by the three borough councils is designed to exclude virtually any vehicle that generates any sort of emissions, while the ULEZ itself will levy a daily charge (rather like the Congestion Charge) on vehicles that don't meet certain emissions standards. That will mean lots of petrol vehicles - and even some diesels - will be unaffected by the ULEZ but will still be banned from Cowper Street and Charlotte Road.</p> <h2>Will it make any difference?</h2> <p>That's rather harder to answer. The two zones that are proposed here are very small indeed, and are already carrying relatively low volumes of traffic compared to many other nearby roads. It's impossible to say, without access to more detailed figures than any of the councils have made available, what proportion of the vehicles using those streets in the rush hour belong to residents or traders, and without that information it's not at all clear how many vehicles will be deterred by the restrictions.</p> <p>Possibly the greatest factor in air quality on all these streets is not the traffic that is on them but the traffic on the Inner Ring Road which passes between them. In recent years, Department for Transport figures show 30-35,000 vehicles a day use the road and they will continue, unaffected, when these new restrictions come into force.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-thumbnail-800x400 paragraph--view-mode--default"> <figure class="text-center"> <a href="http://www.cbrd.co.uk/sites/default/files/blog/zero-emission-street/fountain.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/banner_thumbnail_800x400/public/blog/zero-emission-street/fountain.jpg?itok=bpOmbeJQ" width="800" height="400" alt="A drinking fountain and pedestrian plaza at the north end of Tabernacle Street and Paul Street. They will be Ultra Low Emission streets, but immediately behind the camera is the Inner Ring Road carrying more than 30,000 vehicles each day. Click to enlarge" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> <figcaption><p class="small text-muted">A drinking fountain and pedestrian plaza at the north end of Tabernacle Street and Paul Street. They will be Ultra Low Emission streets, but immediately behind the camera is the Inner Ring Road carrying more than 30,000 vehicles each day. Click to enlarge</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>In absolute terms, the number of people affected, the change to the traffic on these streets and the air quality around Old Street and Shoreditch will probably be little changed as a result of the Ultra Low Emission Streets scheme. It's likely that the scheme will have a more noticeable effect on rush hour rat-runners, snaking past the traffic jams on City Road and the Inner Ring Road, and that will have a knock-on effect on the desirability of driving to or through this part of London.</p> <p>But probably the biggest effect of Hackney and Islington's experiment will be to see how the public react to the consultation and, assuming the two zones are implemented, how it affects people's lives and businesses there. If the two schemes are considered successful, they are almost certain to be the first of many little pocket-sized emissions bans: remember, this is a joint scheme between three borough councils, and they are undoubtedly thinking of applying similar regulations on much wider areas. And that <em>will</em> have an effect on air quality and on the number of people who are willing to commute or travel through the area by car. This is, remember, not the same as the Mayor's schemes, that allow anyone entry as long as they pay the price: in Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets, it's an outright ban, enforced by a fine, and the wealthy commuter in his Jaguar won't be able to buy his way in.</p> <p>So this intriguing little experiment will be well worth keeping an eye on - not for the change in air quality it will achieve on its own, but for the effect it might have in planting the seed for large parts of Inner London north and east of the City going the same way in the next few years. And if you plan to continue travelling around Shoreditch and Limehouse by car in the coming years, it might be a good time to go electric.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/chris5156" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris5156<!-- --></span></span> <span>Wed, 01/31/2018 - 13:55</span> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <a id="comment-6114"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Fraser Mitchell<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">2 February 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1517664529"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6114&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="4DXnvYttpuLK18g95qUnIUpz9XaJu9YAYPTHm2wQ0go"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Typical "gesture politics" that will have no demonstrable effect on air quality whatsoever. Truly we live in a "ban it" society !!.</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6120"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Tipsy Nurse<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">5 February 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1517855062"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6120&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="EOvhw90fRE2Qal7taYUiQaf8m7k9UcqRjSkUKugRMZk"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Totally disagree it is gesture politics. It is almost certain that by 2030 almost all ICE vehicles will be banned from almost all urban streets. EVs will be prevalent and it will be socially unacceptable to have the levels of air pollution we do now past people's houses.</p> <p>If some London boroughs want to get the good press first on something that isn't going to cost them any money than great. Probably attract some trendy start up businesses to the area as well.</p> <p>Drivers should already be familiar with the pedestrian zone signage so zero sympathy for anyone who gets caught.</p> <p>Can't wait until they roll them out here too!</p> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-6129"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mikeinhackney<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> in response to <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Tipsy Nurse<!-- (not verified) --></span> <small class="text-muted">7 February 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1518094459"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6129&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="r6zNyDOy2o8B_Cj-LceV0Zh0kPApQZTjBpJH1dHrLEk"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/6120#comment-6120" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Totally disagree it is…</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Tipsy Nurse<!-- (not verified) --></span></p> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Quite agree. Dinosaurs burning fossil fuels should be relegated to history. Londoners are less likely to have a petrol or Diesel engined car as a rule, so why should we suffer outsiders driving through and poisoning us?</p> </div> </div> </article> </div><a id="comment-6123"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">T Burchell<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">5 February 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1517855062"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6123&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="djAakjkFk42y66r3FtI30XlbfLX20G-QTab6kA4z3Qg"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>"Silicone Roundabout" is a particularly unfortunate typo!</p> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-6124"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/chris5156"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/chris5156" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris5156<!-- --></span></span> </strong> in response to <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">T Burchell<!-- (not verified) --></span> <small class="text-muted">5 February 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1517855150"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6124&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="90IJnpWvNYddsnskrDeJikr7TE27tvEg-v0GOgHNaBo"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/6123#comment-6123" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">&quot;Silicone Roundabout&quot; is a…</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">T Burchell<!-- (not verified) --></span></p> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Oops - corrected now. Thank you!</p> </div> </div> </article> </div><a id="comment-6150"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Peter<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">17 February 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1519054904"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6150&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="AA4mRbUhX7DVJeeNnVhdJd-QVfQeNekJ9efjv2mCd2M"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>" Londoners are less likely to have a petrol or Diesel engined car as a rule, so why should we suffer outsiders driving through and poisoning us?"<br /> Londoners are less likely to have cars but it is the drivers from the semi detached suburbs and Home Counties who will be the buyers of electric vehicles as they have the private drives where they can charge them.</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-6189"></a> <article class="js-comment panel panel-default"> <footer class="by-viewer js-comment panel-heading"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <div class="comment-head"><strong><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-user" aria-hidden="true"></span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Pete<!-- (not verified) --></span></span> </strong> <small class="text-muted">13 March 2018</small> <mark class="hidden label label-default" data-comment-timestamp="1521027819"></mark> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=6189&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="oqqUED2PjAC6cuelq7V4rfcdhwyHiAl4M541e_wy7NM"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </footer> <div class="panel-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I like the idea, but enacting it via pedestrianisation seems to me to be a bad way to do it. It might make people regard the road as a pedestrian area, and may make accidents more common.</p> </div> </div> </article> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=6226&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="IeG-fBB07QsG5EUkNd-XnkWLzY_hM-kb3cO9QzEkyPs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-sources field--type-text-long field--label-above panel panel-default sources"> <div class="field--label panel-heading"><h3><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-book pull-right" aria-hidden="true"></span> Sources</h3></div> <div class="field--item panel-body small"><ul><li><a href="https://consultation.hackney.gov.uk/streetscene/city-fringe-ultra-low-emission-streets-1/">City Fringe Ultra Low Emission Streets consultation</a>, Hackney Borough Council.</li> </ul></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-picture-credits field--type-text-long field--label-above panel panel-default picture-credits"> <div class="field--label panel-heading"><h3><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-camera pull-right" aria-hidden="true"></span> Picture credits</h3></div> <div class="field--item panel-body small"><ul><li>Picture of Rivington Street adapted from <a href="http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4560024">an original by Chris Whippet</a> and used under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">this Creative Commons licence</a>.</li> <li>Picture of drinking fountain on Tabernacle Street adapted from <a href="http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3861848">an original by Mike Faherty</a> and used under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">this Creative Commons licence</a>.</li> </ul></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-routes field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline inline-block"> <div class="field--label field--inline-label">Routes</div> <div class="field__items btn-group"> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/routes/a501" hreflang="en">A501</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline inline-block"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items btn-group"> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/regions/london" hreflang="en">London</a></div> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/tags/environment" hreflang="en">Environment</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 13:55:35 +0000 Chris5156 6226 at http://www.cbrd.co.uk The Ross Motorway http://www.cbrd.co.uk/blog/ross-motorway <span>The Ross Motorway</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="lead">Just posted, a brand new motorway <a href="/articles/opening-booklets">opening booklet</a> to download and enjoy: the commemorative book published to mark the opening of the M50 Ross Motorway.</p> <p>We've been finding and making opening booklets available since 2002, when we first published an electronic version of the book that accompanied the opening ceremony for Britain's first motorway, the <a href="/articles/preston-bypass">M6 Preston Bypass</a>. It's been a few years since we had a new one to add to the list, but today we present <em>The Ross Motorway</em>, a small but packed-out book about the M50. It appears courtesy of Wesley Johnston and the brilliant <a href="http://www.wesleyjohnston.com/roads/">Northern Ireland Roads Site</a>.</p> <p>What makes this one particularly special is that it was published in 1960, just two years after the first motorway opened and at a time when motorways were still very unfamiliar to most people. Even the engineers designing and building them were considering them a little experimental at that point. So, as a result, the M50's commemorative booklet is just as interesting for all the general information it offers on motorways and the then-government's road programme as it is for details on the M50 itself.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-thumbnail-800x300 paragraph--view-mode--default"> <figure class="text-center"> <a href="http://www.cbrd.co.uk/sites/default/files/blog/ross-motorway/bridge.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/banner_thumbnail_800x300/public/blog/ross-motorway/bridge.jpg?itok=EiHRnqAg" width="800" height="300" alt="Rudhall Bridge across the M50 in Herefordshire, shortly before the motorway opened. Click to enlarge" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> <figcaption><p class="small text-muted">Rudhall Bridge across the M50 in Herefordshire, shortly before the motorway opened. Click to enlarge</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--para-text-block paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Take the time to read the book and you will learn, for example, that the M50 opened without emergency telephones, and that when they were installed shortly afterwards, the Ministry of Transport was keen to remind drivers that they would only connect to a police control room and the operator would not be able to connect calls to anyone other than the emergency services. There is also a lengthy description of the precautions taken against the road being covered with ice or snow, which seemed to be a particular anxiety for the book's author.</p> <p>There is also a step-by-step guide to planning and building a motorway, the rules for numbering roads and motorways, a map of the new M50 and its place in the wider improvements then happening to the route between the West Midlands and South Wales, and a rather map of the motorway system then being planned and built, on which not all the motorways go where they were eventually built.</p> <p>Any commemorative opening booklet is an interesting and diverting relic of its era, but this one in particular is worth a look because it offers a perfect view into the optimistic world of 1960 and the modest excitement about Britain's first steps in motorway building.</p> <p><strong>The Ross Motorway can be downloaded from CBRD's <a href="/articles/opening-booklets">Opening Booklets</a> page.</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/chris5156" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris5156<!-- --></span></span> <span>Sat, 01/27/2018 - 13:40</span> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=6225&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="ymaLggKe8hyQXGizPEhxQiHkUfN7l0voBa7gyZm218g"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-picture-credits field--type-text-long field--label-above panel panel-default picture-credits"> <div class="field--label panel-heading"><h3><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-camera pull-right" aria-hidden="true"></span> Picture credits</h3></div> <div class="field--item panel-body small"><ul><li>Pictures and graphics are taken from <em>The Ross Motorway</em>, HMSO, 1960, now out of copyright.</li> </ul></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-routes field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline inline-block"> <div class="field--label field--inline-label">Routes</div> <div class="field__items btn-group"> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/routes/m50" hreflang="en">M50</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline inline-block"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items btn-group"> <div class="field--item btn btn-default btn-xs"><a href="/tags/updates" hreflang="en">Updates</a></div> </div> </div> Sat, 27 Jan 2018 13:40:30 +0000 Chris5156 6225 at http://www.cbrd.co.uk