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Re: Smart Motorways

Post by richmond » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:05 am

Perhaps these are just entry lights on the slip roads to regulate the amount of traffic joining at peak times. There's some on the M42 near Solihull and at peak traffic times they can only let two or three cars on at a time.
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Re: Smart Motorways

Post by PhilB » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:32 am

richmond wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:05 am
Perhaps these are just entry lights on the slip roads to regulate the amount of traffic joining at peak times. There's some on the M42 near Solihull and at peak traffic times they can only let two or three cars on at a time.
Quite a few in my area as well.
Bit like the starting grid in F1 when they go green though.
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Re: Smart Motorways

Post by Vespa » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:43 am

No Gentlemen, they are already on the slips roads. This is a trial to put them on the live carriageways across all six lanes. I can't wait to see the chaos that it will cause.
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Re: Smart Motorways

Post by ColinR » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:51 am

It will be like an F1 start when they go from red to green :lol: :lol:

Edit: Just seen Phil's post :oops:


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Re: Smart Motorways

Post by Vespa » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:53 am

I will let you all know when it's in operation as its not that far from me.
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Re: Smart Motorways

Post by Vespa » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:59 am

A link to the news http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-ma ... r-41967961 I got it slightly wrong as the first info I read said it was across the carriageways but it seems to be just on the links, which will still cause mayhem. :oops:
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Re: Smart Motorways

Post by PhilB » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:09 am

In the late 1950's, men in wooden sheds with paper and pencils designed the most advanced supersonic aircraft the world had ever seen - Concorde.
Men landed on the moon with a computer that had far less computing power than a cheap digital watch.
Yet today, in the 21st Century, with all the computer modelling and resources available they still insist on fannying around with "schemes" for our road networks.
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Re: Smart Motorways

Post by Vespa » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:59 pm

You should see the cock up planned for our town at over £200 million. It is a relief road for the town centre and river crossing. They are already involved building another that will most likely do the job anyway. They magically planned a complete cock up in the 70's and shut many smaller roads that people used at rush hours, non of which were of any importance to private property or major detriment to businesses. Many other roads had bus lanes added that shut down capacity to 50% of the traffic. They killed the town centre businesses eventually because of poor access and parking. They have now got well into another project in yet another "quarter" (we have about 6 quarters) and pulled down a whole shopping centre and market built in the mid 70's to replace it with the same. We have a town that is a no go area after dark due to drunken fights etc Buses seem to have the main routes that could relieve much of the congestion if they allowed ordinary traffic to use the routes. Of course the major bus company is supported fully by the council as a "subsiduary" company, they give it monster loans to keep it going. The best thing about the town are the roads out of it. Very rarely do we find the need to go anywhere near the place. One last moan is that they have also reset traffic light sequences on traffic islands that allows traffic to block the islands dangerously. When I pointed it out as a danger I was told it wasn't. Now when we do venture there we normally see a collision of some sort but these aren't dangerous according to the planners. The whole place is a joke and I wonder if the planners are also resposible for these new lights on the M6/M62 in some way. :x
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Re: Smart Motorways

Post by robertW » Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:21 pm

A truly smart motorway would give up and go to sleep
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Re: Smart Motorways

Post by richmond » Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:36 am

Clearly there aren't enough holdups on motorways to satisfy the planners so they're building in their own.
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