M6 Motorway - WFT is going on with Speed Cameras?????

Start off on a 300 mile trip, 56mph, tucking in that 1 mile gap inbetween a couple of plugs of lorries........ eta on the satnav - 3pm, music on, relaxed.

Drive for 150 miles like that, then put your foot down and drive like a d1ck.........eta 2:55pm

You'll probably find you've shaved off no more than 5 minutes, get there jangled up and a couple of gallons lighter.

Unless you're driving on empty roads in the middle of the night, you'll never get there much quicker........
Up to 4 or 5 years ago I used to do long distance trips at "70"cough mph. Always a tense journey on the look out for patrol cars and incidents ahead. Then - and I don't know why - I decided to trundle along at 70. Waaaay less stressful journeys that didn't take all that much longer.

As for driving at night. If you go long distances on the motorway and trunk road network you will almost inevitably come across night-time roadworks, sometimes even full closures that find you sent off into the sticks for a few miles.
 
Up to 4 or 5 years ago I used to do long distance trips at "70"cough mph. Always a tense journey on the look out for patrol cars and incidents ahead. Then - and I don't know why - I decided to trundle along at 70. Waaaay less stressful journeys that didn't take all that much longer.

As for driving at night. If you go long distances on the motorway and trunk road network you will almost inevitably come across night-time roadworks, sometimes even full closures that find you sent off into the sticks for a few miles.


I saw sense a while ago........ I drew the short straw and got the dive club ar5ehole to car share.

I was pretty tired, so I let him drive my Granada back to Manchester from Glasgow.

We pulled onto the motorway in Glasgow, and I noticed a flatbed with one of those huge fibreglass trees, they have in pub beer gardens.

He was weaving in my car,in and out of the traffic, overtaking, undertaking, I just fell asleep.

Woke up near a services near the Lake District, where he pulled over to phone his wife...... 2 phones, queue of 20, so we just drove past and out again.

There was that bloody tree, just sailing past at 50mph, so he'd driven like a twat, risked a lot of accidents to gain 4 minutes.........
 
Up to 4 or 5 years ago I used to do long distance trips at "70"cough mph. Always a tense journey on the look out for patrol cars and incidents ahead. Then - and I don't know why - I decided to trundle along at 70. Waaaay less stressful journeys that didn't take all that much longer.

As for driving at night. If you go long distances on the motorway and trunk road network you will almost inevitably come across night-time roadworks, sometimes even full closures that find you sent off into the sticks for a few miles.

Yup.

Suffered that several years ago when driving from Bristol to Northumberland at night. The A1 was closed near Catterick and diversions signs were in place to take you off the carriageway into the countryside and then back onto the A1.

I missed a diversion sign, my phone's SATNAV failed and I ended up in a housing estate in Hartlepool.

The car I had at the time was incredibly thirsty and was literally running on fumes by the time I got home in the early hours.
 
It is a health and wellbeing initiative. Imagine how much better everyone would feel by slowing down on say the M6 stretch through Birmingham to really have the time to admire and absorb the magnificent scenery on offer there.
 
It is a health and wellbeing initiative. Imagine how much better everyone would feel by slowing down on say the M6 stretch through Birmingham to really have the time to admire and absorb the magnificent scenery on offer there.
Nah, we have the monopoly on the "decent" scenery on the M6. ;)
 

ancienturion

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Start off on a 300 mile trip, 56mph, tucking in that 1 mile gap inbetween a couple of plugs of lorries........ eta on the satnav - 3pm, music on, relaxed.

Drive for 150 miles like that, then put your foot down and drive like a d1ck.........eta 2:55pm

You'll probably find you've shaved off no more than 5 minutes, get there jangled up and a couple of gallons lighter.

Unless you're driving on empty roads in the middle of the night, you'll never get there much quicker........

Ohhh, I don't know, back in 89, I was held up at Dover because of bad weather for 4 hrs. Got across and drove my Sierra RS Cosworth like a lunatic thru Belgium back to Germany. I shaved a shitload of time. Mind you I had to refuel once(which pissed me off) and it was at night.
 

My father, three of my uncles and two cousins worked on building that stretch

My sisters late father in law was one of the senior civil engineers on it.

I may (or may not, depending on who asks) have passed the three miles a minute for the first time on that same lump of motorway.
I have broken down on it several times, I have even followed a snow blower with snow at car roof height on it

I'm quite sentimentally attached to that bit of motorway.
 
I've had some laughs and shed some tears on that stretch of the network.

Shap, the north bound carriageway always feels like I'm getting near home, despite moving to Wales the best part of 15 years ago.
Was up there beginning of last week visting my elederly mother for the first time in over a year of lockdown. First time in years the old trout has genuinely been pleased to see me I think!

For two years I travelled it twice a week to see my father, stubborn old git was supposed to die within a couple of days, lasted two years so I had to keep going.

I travelled up it at warp speed something silly after getting a call that my brother was in intensive care in the Cumberland Infirmary and wasn't going to survive. They kept him going long enough for me to get there and call him a ******.
 
There's only been one death that got to me. A good friend and colleague was killed on duty in the Gorge 5 years ago. :(
 

RBMK

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I used to work in Newbury [Berkshire] and my GF at the time lived in Chapel Allerton in Leeds. We're talking 1984 here....

I used to cover 198 miles in 3h 10 minutes --- on a Friday, leaving Newbury at 1630. The stretch from Bicester to Silverstone was single carriageway and I was driving a Bedford Astra 1600 non-turbo diesel van. Every other Friday night.

I'd probably lose my license twice if I even attempted that speed these days and more to the point, despite my 150bhp Volvo, traffic conditions wouldn't allow me to travel at 80mph these days especially on a Friday evening.

These days I stick to the speed limit and drive "sensibly". Despite this, on the M4 last week in torrential rain, I slowed down to 60mph and cars were passing me at 80-90 mph every couple of minutes.
 
The real problem for people like me who respect the speed limits, is some tosspot in his rep mobile up my exhaust pipe trying to push me along.

As a sedentary driver I get this too, my response is not to slam on the brakes or anything but just to slow down gently and keep slowing down. If you can't beat them you can at least annoy them.
 
According to information from police forces around the country, the vast majority of fixed cameras in the UK will only be activated by motorists going 10% above the speed limit, plus 2mph.

The law states that you are liable for a speeding fine as soon as you exceed the limit, so even if you’re doing 31mph in a 30 limit or 71mph on a motorway, you’re breaking the law and could receive a fine.

ISTR that speed cameras have a tolerance on their accuracy (i.e +/- 2 MPH), it is pointless trying to convict at just over the limit.

I think there is also some principle of law (with a fancy Latin name that I can't recall) which requires some meaningful threshold for any crime to have been crossed before a case can come to court. and that in the case of speeding 1mph would not have been enough.

I guess the idea is not to bog down the courts with trivial and petty offences that would in reality be nothing other than a waste of everyone's time.
 

RBMK

LE
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Some many moons ago, before the M6 from Stoke became a stupid motorway ...

I had the usual moron in a black BMW stuck up my bum coming out of Stoke on the A50. As soon as we hit the M6 the BMW hooned off into the outside lane. Noting that the motorway was busy (3pm on a Friday), I put the cruise control on at 56mph and sat in the inside lane listening to the radio.

Between J15 and J18 (where I left the M6) the same BMW overtook me 4 times, him still in the outside lane and me ambling along at 56mph. When I came off at J18 he was still visible about 100m ahead of me. My fuel consumption was ticking up towards 50mpg.
 
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Eldest lives in Keynsham. So that's M1, A42, M42, M5, M4, M32 and A4174. Google says 3 hours. Our last trip down there - 4 hours. Cheers to all those Brummie mong drivers for crashing into each other at M42 J2.

We're off down there tomorrow for a few days. NOT looking forward to the journey.
 
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