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    Default Thanks for stuffing up the M56.

    For years Junction 8/9 of the M56 has been a bit of a bottleneck with traffic from the M56 from Chester being joined by traffic coming from the south on the M6 via the A556. The problem was that Traffic on the M56 would move to Lanes 2 and 3 to let traffic from the A556 join causing tailbacks in lanes 2 and 3. At the same time people joining the motorway had to get into lane 3 at all costs within 10 seconds of joining, causing all sorts of chaos. My solution was to get through before 7:30 to avoid the crush. That mans leaving at 6 am every day.

    A few months back the highway planners obviously had a session on the old Wacky Backy. The junction was re-jigged so that lane 1 peals off reducing the M56 to 2 lanes…Lane 1 of the sliproad joining becomes Lane 1 of the M56 after the junction with Lane 2 of the sliproad filtering into lane 2 of the M56.

    Its worth noting that 0.05% of the traffic passing through that junction (eastbound) actually peel off using lane 1.

    The result:

    Everything on the M56 bottlenecks miles before the junction. lane 1 is empty for 1.5 miles and people joining the M56 still have to get out into lane 3 ASAP causing chaos as traffic on the M56 drops anchor. So now I have to get through even earlier and that still causes minor snags.

    This morning I was a “little” late leaving…The bottle neck was back to the M6 (5-8miles) Why? Because of the 750m two lane stretch. Nothing and I mean Nothing was joining the M56 at the junction but there were still miles of tailbacks.

    For the first time in 5 years I was late for work…..Thanks Mr Planner who ever you are you've really stuffed up here!….I can’t wait to get back on site and away from this daily commute!

    Rant over!


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    Don't you just love the road planners. I actually think they do it on purpose to put more pressure to use the non existent public transport system

    My theory

    We've had the iPOD, iTRIP, iPHONE

    Now we have the iTIP

    The Integrated Transport Interruption Policy.

    Let's see how many wasted hours we can cause today !

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    Now you know how I feel Steve.
    Last edited by VauxVeteran; 3rd December 2007 at 16:45.

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    Looking on Google, I ain't the only unhappy bunny. looks like the design is being rethought:

    http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/projects/17222.aspx

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    I've thought it's a deliberate plan to put ppl off using the car for a long time now, it started about 15 yrs ago with constant blocking off of side roads, now the latest thing is to have one road one way in 3 direction's, at this stage it's temp cos they've only put plastic kerbing down, next time yer in town check out Haslemere Rd Steve, opp Fratton Park.

    Oh that reminds me I got sommin 4 U, brb.

    Here we go, sorry about the quality the phone isn't that gr8 at night, I'll try to get some better ones later



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    WTF it that?
    Looks like a pregnant aerial mast.

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    Yep, I'm caught in it every day too.

    Before the planners stole the inside lane it took me 40 mins. to get to work. Now it takes 1 hour with 15 of those minutes doing 2 mph from just past the M6 junction to the A556.

    That's leaving at 6.45 to arrive at 7.45. (30 miles with 90% motorway)

    They have done something similar Westbound so the journey home is even worse.

    The only compensation is when 90% of the Traffic leaves for the M6 south the rest of us get to have a go at the mini au rouge which curves around the bridge that they haven't bothered repairing after someone hit it about 3 years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ste View Post
    WTF it that?
    Looks like a pregnant aerial mast.
    I'm not biting that one ya wind up merchant.

    For the heathen uneducated among us, it's the Gunwharf "Spinnaker" Tower, and for a limited time it's being illuminated in multi colours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevel View Post
    The only compensation is when 90% of the Traffic leaves for the M6 south the rest of us get to have a go at the mini au rouge which curves around the bridge
    Ya nutter! ...At least they have admitted it hasn't worked and are looking at it again!

    What time you off home?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VauxVeteran View Post
    I'm not biting that one ya wind up merchant.

    For the heathen uneducated among us, it's the Gunwharf "Spinnaker" Tower, and for a limited time it's being illuminated in multi colours.
    Wow I must get down and see that ....Mind you to me it always looks like that after some sauce.

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