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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-11-27 11:58
Subject: Roads
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I am amused by this BBC article on Britain's most intimidating road junctions.. Particularly this comment: Between them, Birmingham, London and Glasgow took eight of the top 10 spots.

Strangely enough, I had no difficulty in guessing what the other two junctions in the list were. Yes, the Swindon and Hemel magic roundabouts, at #4 and #9.

(As someone who negotiated the Hanger Lane gyratory (#5) twice a day for several years, I think I can cope with just about anything, though I'll concede that the Glasgow ones are a real pain.)
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User: autopope
Date: 2009-11-27 18:28 (UTC)
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what's wrong with the M5/M6 junction for instance?

Nose-to-tail traffic with drivers changing across three to six lanes at average speeds of 70mph, that's what's wrong with it. That, and the layout is so non-standard for British motorways (cloverleafs are vanishingly rare on this side of the Atlantic -- we use roundabouts or gyratories instead) that everybody travelling through it gets confused. Oh, and there's the third motorway feeding in half a mile upstream to add to the amusement. If you're American, layer "Boston-style drivers" on top of that.

Edited at 2009-11-27 06:28 pm (UTC)
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User: artela
Date: 2009-11-27 18:30 (UTC)
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I've used it a few times - never had a problem (apart from the "everything crawling at 15 mph one junction either side of the interchange, but I guess that's bound to happen in "rush hour"...)
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