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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:20 pm 
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New motorway is 1 metre long!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47582694

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:32 pm 
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Wonder how long it will be before there are roadworks on it :)


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Having driven through Romania I do have to agree they dont have a massive motorway network. However the major trunk roads they do have are generally in decent condition and there doesnt seem to be that many cars so congestion is minimal. Most Romanian drivers are reasonably good compared their neighbours like Bulgaria, Serbia, etc.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:01 pm 
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You can tell its not in the UK, there's no speed cameras

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The A308M at Maidenhead is the UK's shortest motorway. Its less than 1 mile long and has no speed cameras.
Not sure who has the speed record for that little road, but i used to try in my old 9000 Aero!.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:15 am 
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sgould wrote:
New motorway is 1 metre long!
As it's a private motorway, he should make it a toll road ...

... to be able, in due course, to afford to double its length.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:43 am 
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Paul Taylor wrote:
The A308M at Maidenhead is the UK's shortest motorway. Its less than 1 mile long and has no speed cameras.
Not sure who has the speed record for that little road, but i used to try in my old 9000 Aero!.


Lots of pointless or pathetic motorways in the UK, and I have used the A308M quite a lot (it's near work) and wonder what is the point. It does cut through the line of the original M4 which after the old Junction 8 took the line of the A404(M). Which explains Juntion 8/9 of the M4 and that the 2 junctions off A404M are 9a and 9b.

Maidenhead is pointless really......


As for the motorway in Romania, if it was here there'd be a middle lane clogger for sure. :wall:


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:31 am 
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TwyRob wrote:
http://www.pathetic.org.uk/

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:23 pm 
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Romania appears to be the same as Hungary- they take the grants from the EU to conduct the initial stages of motorway planning, knowing that the release of the next stage of funding will be dependent upon them showing the EU what they have to show for the money. But rather than spending it where they are supposed to they divert it all to friends and relatives who have set up companies planning motorways and then do everything they can to prevent the EU from taking a look (and so the funding dries up). Hungary has I think the second most expensive motorways per mile in the EU as a result, yet they fall apart after 6 months as a result of the shoddy work and materials. Wouldn't be at all surprised to see that mirrored in Romania.

For an example of the contrary approach, look at Poland- they have got a wonderful new motorway network with no-body on it (as I witnessed myself last Autumn)!

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Crete has some interesting motorways, one lane plus a hard shoulder in each direction with a central, shared overtaking lane.

Sounds terrifying but it actually works, if you catch a slow moving vehicle it invariably pulls onto the hard shoulder to allow you to pass so the overtaking lane rarely gets used, when it does and two cars are heading towards each other a similar thing happens in that the vehicles being overtaken move over to allow the overtaking vehicles to straddle the lanes. The cooperation is impressive.

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Gaz38 wrote:
Crete has some interesting motorways, one lane plus a hard shoulder in each direction with a central, shared overtaking lane.

Sounds terrifying but it actually works, if you catch a slow moving vehicle it invariably pulls onto the hard shoulder to allow you to pass so the overtaking lane rarely gets used, when it does and two cars are heading towards each other a similar thing happens in that the vehicles being overtaken move over to allow the overtaking vehicles to straddle the lanes. The cooperation is impressive.


Cant see that working in the UK, we are way too stubborn/blind to make that work. Eastern Europe seem to operate this whereby if somebody is pulling a stupid overtake then the oncoming traffic and whoever is being overtaken will do what it can to help out rather than blocking. Bulgaria is particularly good at this.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:22 pm 
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Gaz38 wrote:
Crete has some interesting motorways, one lane plus a hard shoulder in each direction with a central, shared overtaking lane.

Sounds terrifying but it actually works, if you catch a slow moving vehicle it invariably pulls onto the hard shoulder to allow you to pass so the overtaking lane rarely gets used, when it does and two cars are heading towards each other a similar thing happens in that the vehicles being overtaken move over to allow the overtaking vehicles to straddle the lanes. The cooperation is impressive.


Used to have that in Ireland, I last drove across in 2003 I think. The main road from Dublin to Galway via Athlone was single carriagway but with a hard shoulder. Slower cars were always obliging, moved over to let quicker cars (even those with UK plates) pass without any problems...

I really must go back there.


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