AO Silver Member
Join Date: Dec 2011
The real question is , what is the function of a ring road? Is it to keep long distance traffic off local roads or is it to allow short distance (junction to next junction) commuting? These two functions are not compatible and should not be combined. As mentioned above Manchester's problems are due to too many junctions and a constant need to be changing from slip road to outside lane and back to slip road again in a relatively short distance. The M62 is the Liverpool to Hull motorway which would indicate a long distance route connecting two ports, one serving the Irish Sea crossings and further afield destinations and the other crossings to the European mainland. To save money a length of this motorway has been absorbed into the ringroad and is now clogged because short distance commuting traffic is mixed up with long distance traffic. There is not a problem with the M6 passed Manchester because it is far enough out not to have been taken into the ring road and so the long distance traffic is seperated from short distance commuting. Build a new section of either ring road or M62 and the problem will be reduced. It could even be a pair of separate carriageways alongside the existing ones. Limit the access to the M62 to no more than one junction between 12 and 18 in addition to 12 and 18 themselves and then commuters will only have to deal with local traffic like themselves. Alternatively provide a decent mass transit system that means commuters don't have to take cars into the city (defined as the built up area within the ringroad)
Volume of traffic is what is clogging motorways and even continental Europe is not immune ask anyone who regularly drives through Germany/Italy past their large connurbations.
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