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  1. I assume you mean this one? To be fair the exits are not an equal distance apart as in 90 degrees from each other. However it's kind of irrelevant as it will still have lane marking and it's merely a case of choosing the appropriate speed to be able to keep your wheels within the lane markings and following the lanes!
  2. Near me there is a T Junction controlled by traffic lights. During the day time when there is a lot of traffic around they operate normally, but after a certain time of day when the traffic is a lot quieter they default to red on all approaches with sensors to detect oncoming traffic. If you approach at the correct speed and ease of the accelerator they will change to green before you get anywhere near to stopping and then you can gently accelerate again and continue on your way. This has multiple effects. Firstly you never have to wait at a red when there is no traffic around, unless you've approached too fast then you will need to come to a stop, but secondly it has slowed the boy racers down along this residential section who would normally speed through at anything up to twice the speed limit if they had a green in their favour. I note that the same thing happens at Potter old bridge and St Olaves bridge at quiet times of the day. The lights go to red in both directions and change as soon as approaching traffic is sensed. Again easing off and rolling up to the lights means you don't need to come to a complete stop before the lights change in your favour, if there is not competing traffic also sensed coming the other way. Perhaps this approach is needed for all roundabout? At busy times it would regulate flow around the roundabout, at quiet times traffic arriving at the correct speed would get a green before they have to stop. Traffic arriving too fast would end up having to stop briefly till the lights changed.
  3. The rather badly illustrated hand drawn picture below shows the issue a little clearer. The Red incorrect line is the one taken by most drivers because it requires less steering input and can be done faster. The Green line is the correct way but requires more steering input, some a little sharper and less speed. However two into one doesn't go and there is only one lane off onto Canvey Road. However the 90% of drivers who take the Red line will always abuse the 10% of drivers who take the green line if the driver on the green line ends up on the inside of the one taking the red line.
  4. Another bug bear of mine is people not following the lane markings on roundabouts. A classic example is this set of pictures from Google street view. Ironically it features a learner driver doing what 90% of drivers do on this roundabout. The lane markings are clear and where the leaner is in front the lane is about to open into two clearly marked lanes. In the picture below I would now be moving out to the left hand lane of the two lanes if heading towards Benfleet. In the picture below I would be alongside the learner or almost alongside slightly faster cars. In the picture below I would now be on a collision course with the driver where the learner is, and most likely receiving abuse for undertaking even though that driver is clearly in the wrong lane, The final picture bellows shows the full transgression and by now we would have crashed, or I would be up the grass or heading for the lamp post. The problem occurs because the fastest way around that roundabout is to keep close to the roundabout and then spiral out at a point just after picture 2 when you are clearly in the wrong lane. The pictures don't show it too well, but to get into the correct lane as soon as it opens up means you need to keep straighter for longer and then a more pronounced right at a slower speed or you end up on the traffic island. With correct speed and more input on the steering wheel it is not a problem.
  5. To illustrate that roundabout see the pictures below. The first is my approach coming off the A127 from London. The speed limit on the A127 is 70mph and there is the usual roundabout ahead and slow down, but nothing lowering the speed limit. The second picture shows my view to the right which means I have to slow almost to a stop. The last picture shows my view to the right once at the give way line. Note how long the bridge is and that cars coming across can easily reach 70 mph. Finding a suitable gap at busy times can be tricky leading to people taking chances on smaller gaps. Appropriate speed limits on the roundabout, if required enforced by average speed cameras would resolve the issue. Or just people using the appropriate speed in the first place.
  6. On the following roundabout it is so easy with modern cars to reach 70 mph across the bridges highlighted in Red. Traffic trying to join the roundabout has a very difficult job at busy times to find a big enough gap. I would put a speed limit of 30mph on the roundabout and enforce it with average speed cameras across the bridges.
  7. The problem with smaller islands and straightening the lanes is that this encourages people to take the roundabout at a faster speed, leading to more errors of judgement and last minute decisions. On the A127 near me there used to be a roundabout which they decided to partially close. On the main road you can either turn left off the roundabout or go straight ahead and you don't need to give way as it is blocked to the right. If joining from the side roads you can only turn left, you are blocked from going straight across. Effectively it is no longer a roundabout, just a big bulge in the central reservation. For years lorries would approach it too fast and end up toppling over. They lowered the speed limit to 40 from 70 and still it happened. They banned lorries from the right hand lane on approach and across the junction and still it happened. They painted a Red barrier strip between the lanes to try and segregate traffic further and still it happened. In the end they put speed cameras on the last bit of the approach to the junction set strictly for 40mph and it has pretty much stopped happening. For years people have been campaigning to have the remains of the roundabout removed, but unless the two side roads were closed off, those junctions would become too unsafe for the speed of the road, and there is not enough land around to allow for longer entry and exits into the side roads. At the end of the day the junction is not laid out the best, but if negotiated at the proper speed and with proper use of the steering wheel it is not a problem. A whole host of measures were put in place to try to educate people to use the junction at the proper speed but they all failed until the speed camera went in. Now with drivers using it at the proper speed it works.
  8. Putting to one side for the moment that I was being facetious, the roundabouts at MK are generally speaking much lower speed roundabouts with lower speed approach roads. I have driven the NDR a few times and see no real problem with it. If there is a problem at all, and this applies to many of the roundabouts in this country, it's because the design hasn't changed to allow for the fact that cars have got faster acceleration coupled with the general driving population forgetting they need to turn the steering wheel. My car does 0-60 in 4.7 secs. There are many roundabouts near me which form major junctions with A roads where the roundabout is built incorporating two bridges over the main road below. Some of these roundabouts are big enough for cars on the straight bit of the roundabout to easily achieve 50 - 60 mph. My car could easily hit the national speed limit. If you are trying to enter such a roundabout and constantly being confronted with cars coming from your right at that kind of speed it can be virtually impossible at times. The solution in many places is to introduce part time traffic lights to hold the traffic on the roundabout to allow other traffic onto the roundabout. What is really needed is for all roundabouts to have an appropriate speed limit and traffic calming on all approaches and on the roundabout itself if it is a very large roundabout. With faster approach speeds and faster speeds on the roundabout itself, too many people straight line or take the path of least resistance leading to no lane discipline and it is that which causes most of the problems. A lower speed roundabout near me has two lanes onto the roundabout and one lane of on the left and two off straight across. Time and time again I see people approach in the left lane too fast and go almost to the centre of the roundabout and then turn left taking the first exit. If you were in the right hand lane and trying to negotiate the roundabout alongside them, you would be forced onto the centre of the roundabout. The problem is the car in the left hand lane going too fast and taking the line of least resistance and treating the roundabout like a left hand turn. If they approached at the correct speed they would be able to turn the steering wheel left, followed by a short bit of right to follow their lane on the roundabout and then left again to go off the roundabout. There is nothing wrong with the design of the roundabout, just inappropriate entry speed and lane discipline by the majority of drivers.
  9. All I can say is that anyone who has a problem with the NDR had better not move to Milton Keynes!
  10. Tonight Channel 4 8pm with part two a week later Series 10 Episode 1: Asian Odyssey (Part One) The intrepid 'ancient mariners' go on one last far-flung voyage, to South East Asia, travelling the waterways of Vietnam, from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh, Hoa Lu and Hanoi
  11. Southern Comfort River Cruise Horning
  12. I think Jac is talking about the same house pictured on page 1 of this thread. I also think they meant they saw the house from The Southern Comfort trip boat, easily confused with a Mississippi steamer.
  13. Seems to me there is only one sensible course of action to take here. Extend your break to a week and that way you will see more of The Broads and still encompass the bank holiday
  14. 10 legal advisors, their best one David Harris found defending the indefensible too tiresome and left. Shame he seemed to be one of the lone voices of reason!
  15. I had wondered that, but then who knows when Brexit will actually happen! I suspect the BA will change the declaration, although I seem to remember it is part of The Broads Act as well!
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