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Driving the A17

Drove back from Cromer, Norfolk to Manchester yesterday in the 105 coupe and to be quite honest I wasn't really relishing the journey as I envisaged being held up by slow moving vehicles, caravans and people who insist on doing 40mph and being frustrated by people who do not know how to overtake.

Contrary to my anticipated journey I had a ball, well at least from Holt in Norfolk to Newark where you join the A1 the A146 and the A17 were great, fast driving roads.

The roads were wide enough to allow decent safe overtaking and most of the traffic wanted to go along at 60mph and when it didn't just click down into 4th and pedal to the metal and slip past surprised many an Audi at the sheer acceleration of a 42 year old car I have not had as much fun for ages. You just have to watch out for speed cameras and the trouble is they mix up the Gatsos and Truvelos so just because its on your side doesnt mean its scanning you. So extra care is required if you want to avoid 3 points.

I love trunk road driving when its like that, but often its a procession of 40 tonne artics, followed by cars towing caravans with no chance of pressing on, but yesterday was different

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And you drove through tons of loose gravel on the road near Sutton Bridge ! I was down there last Sunday but thankfully as a passenger in someone's else's car.

Must say that I dislike the A17 very much. Get behind a Turners Of Soham Artic, who always stick to 45 mph, can be very frustrating, especially if a few Caravans are stuck between it and you. You must have been very lucky yesterday, not often that you get a good run on there !

Oh, and if you are caught near Sutton Bridge when the swing bridge closes to let a ship through you might as well break out the picnic table, you'll have enough time for a full blown three course meal cooked from scratch !



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Get behind a Turners Of Soham Artic, who always stick to 45 mph, can be very frustrating,
In fairness, their single carriageway speed limit is 40 mph......
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Oh, and if you are caught near Sutton Bridge when the swing bridge closes to let a ship through you might as well break out the picnic table, you'll have enough time for a full blown three course meal cooked from scratch !
I second that. I once was first in the queue when it opened and let three!!!!!!!!!! ships through. 11pm at night as well. Too many years ago to remember all the details but I think we stood for 45 minutes.
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I drive the road regularly and all I can say is you were lucky.

The trucks have all gone on go-slow since fuel became more expensive, the caravans are still there and if you are really lucky you can follow a pea harvester or a tractor and trailer.

The worst feature of the road is the number of protective islands at road junctions which they don't tell you about until its too late. I have seen a few people, unfamilair with the road, going to the right of islands - or in a couple of cases straight over them.

Then there are the locals who pull out in front of you at 20mph when they've already seen you coming, only to turn right about 50 metres further on.

The A17 has its moments but they are few and far between. I prefer it in the early hours of the morning.
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In fairness, their single carriageway speed limit is 40 mph......
No argument there but it's bluidy frustrating !
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I the caravans are still there and if you are really lucky you can follow a pea harvester or a tractor and trailer.

Forgot about these farm vehicles which specialise in using the road for mile after mile, especially at busy times !
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And you drove through tons of loose gravel on the road near Sutton Bridge ! I was down there last Sunday but thankfully as a passenger in someone's else's car.

Must say that I dislike the A17 very much. Get behind a Turners Of Soham Artic, who always stick to 45 mph, can be very frustrating, especially if a few Caravans are stuck between it and you. You must have been very lucky yesterday, not often that you get a good run on there !

Oh, and if you are caught near Sutton Bridge when the swing bridge closes to let a ship through you might as well break out the picnic table, you'll have enough time for a full blown three course meal cooked from scratch !
Ah yes the gravel, most of it had gone but the van in front of me did insist on driving in the middle of the road where the gravel was at its thickest so I hung well back.

My wife was fascinated by the swing bridge she was hoping that it would open
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My wife was fascinated by the swing bridge she was hoping that it would open
Just be pleased that it DIDN'T open !

To be fair it's a long time since I was caught there but it's an unforgettable experience.
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