[J] Well it’s a few years now since I was designing highway projects, so it’s possible there’s been a few changes to the design standards for dual carriageways and road safety measures generally, but I’ve certainly never seen or heard of this form of central reservation barrier! I’m intrigued to know where this is.
Fortunately it wouldn’t have been designed as a barrier – it is a 40mph road so a barrier isn’t needed , although there is what the Golfer tells me is a P4 (he said you will know what that is!!) along another stretch of this road which is in our nearby town 😉
Indeed I do. The Golfer is has obviously been inducted into more mysteries of life than those pertaining to the rules of Golf!
Indeed, and many motorway journeys are interspersed with comments about ‘his’ gantry, or ‘his’ bridge!
Brilliant on the move photos Cathy. It was Dr Wilfrid Fox (a dermatologist) who founded the Roads Beautifying Association in 1928 and it is thanks to his legacy that the A3 in particular (a road you are familiar with I think!) is such a pleasure to drive along. Wilfrid is also responsible for Winkworth Arboretum near Godalming with its beautiful plantings of Acer, Sorbus and Magnolia.
Have to confess they were not taken on the move Sarah, but from a footbridge! They look far better from ground/car level though, where you can’t see the gaps! The info about Wilfred Fox was really interesting and although I don’t know the A3 very well we know we have used used it when visiting Elder Daughter and going to Wisley and will make a mental note to be especially aware of the environs next time!
Oh, if only there were more roads like this!
There were positive comments in the local paper today about it, but I guess there will be some people who see them as ‘weeds’…
A great idea, are they wild flowers?
Yes, presumably a wild flower mix sown by the Council. When some appeared on a roundabout a month ago I thought it might be guerilla gardening, but seeing this that must have been ‘official’ too. Hopefully it will be more Brownie points for the town’s Britain in Bloom entry…
The summery wild flowers are a pretty touch, but what I really like is the neat verge alongside the clipped hedge and belt of trees which must look good all year. Homeslip’s comment is very interesting.
When you think how many councils are reducing the amount of money spent on pretty-fying the environment in their boroughs our local council seems to have a policy of maintaining the natural landscape as well as adding huge numbers of baskets and planters in the central area. Many of the roundabouts have sponsored planting, maintained by the council, which all helps too. I hope people appreciate it – I certainly do. I always enjoy walking across the footbridge where these photos were taken from as the bridge is on the same level as the canopies of the trees you mention
Having taken three hours to do 120 miles at 10 pm on m25 I love the look of these empty carriageways. Where is it? Aylesbury vale and Milton Keynes have been more thoughtful about there verges recently using grasses and wildflowers.
Oh what an awful journey 😐 This is just in our local town but admittedly it was just before 7 in the morning as I was on my way swimming and it is usually somewhat busier than this. The town always performs well in its category of Britain in Bloom but the wild flowers are a new venture – this verge is in fact much better from ground/car level and it has filled out more since last week
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