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  Reply # 1153541 14-Oct-2014 12:41
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Ahh roundabouts!  Having lived near Swindon in the UK I used to get to play on the Magic Roundabout!

Imagine if they stuck this in Auckland ;-)



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Roundabout_(Swindon)

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  Reply # 1153544 14-Oct-2014 12:43
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Mark: Ahh roundabouts!  Having lived near Swindon in the UK I used to get to play on the Magic Roundabout!

Imagine if they stuck this in Auckland ;-)



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Roundabout_(Swindon)


How do people even survive in that country with that thing in the middle?





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  Reply # 1153560 14-Oct-2014 13:01
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I can understand Mr Bean now

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  Reply # 1153580 14-Oct-2014 13:24
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Mark: Ahh roundabouts!  Having lived near Swindon in the UK I used to get to play on the Magic Roundabout!

Imagine if they stuck this in Auckland ;-)



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Roundabout_(Swindon)


Imagine being take through that on your test.

Is it called the Magic Roundabout because like the original TV series, rumour has it that the creators were on drugs?

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  Reply # 1153592 14-Oct-2014 13:25
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Not on drugs, just mad I think

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  Reply # 1153600 14-Oct-2014 13:31
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joker97: Not on drugs, just mad I think


"Lets make a roundabout with 5 other roundabouts around it that is 3 lanes across!  I'm a genius!"





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  Reply # 1153606 14-Oct-2014 13:39
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It doesn't look that bad to me. Not saying that there are better ways to manage that intersection, but doesn't it just cut down the number of decisions the drivers have to make for each exit and minimises crossing over lanes (e.g. Panmure roundabout)?

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  Reply # 1153620 14-Oct-2014 14:08
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bazzer: It doesn't look that bad to me. Not saying that there are better ways to manage that intersection, but doesn't it just cut down the number of decisions the drivers have to make for each exit and minimises crossing over lanes (e.g. Panmure roundabout)?


There's one in Tamworth called the Egg. Traffic actually goes in two directions around the central roundabout. You go clockwise around the mini roundabouts but the traffic flows anticlockwise around the central one. In order to get to the other side, you have to negotiate three separate roundabouts. The Egg is mental and disorienting.

I don't know why they didn't just opt to put part-time traffic lights in there instead if traffic flow was a big issue.

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  Reply # 1153686 14-Oct-2014 15:29
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Swindon's Magic Roundabout isn't hard if you know where you are going, but it's a nightmare if you're not sure which exit to take. At least, because it's a number of roundabouts, you can double-back on one of the mini roundabouts and then take the exit you want. 

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  Reply # 1153698 14-Oct-2014 15:32
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i saw a tv show recently that featured this roundabout... my thoughts were along the lines of... never going there.


britains.deadliest.roads.s01e01 about 28 mins in.




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  Reply # 1153859 14-Oct-2014 18:55
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DravidDavid:

How do people even survive in that country with that thing in the middle?


I think it's a subtle method of culling the herd ...

But not that hard to navigate, you just point your car at the desired exit, close your eyes and go fit it while chanting "Please let me live! Please let me live!"

;-)

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It's called courtesy and etiquette

Something a lot of people here cannot conceptualize

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  Reply # 1153932 14-Oct-2014 20:47
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Mark:
DravidDavid:

How do people even survive in that country with that thing in the middle?


I think it's a subtle method of culling the herd ...

But not that hard to navigate, you just point your car at the desired exit, close your eyes and go fit it while chanting "Please let me live! Please let me live!"

;-)


Now you mixing it up with the Arc de Triomph (spelling???)

THAT was a nightmare to drive indeed!

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  Reply # 1153940 14-Oct-2014 21:11
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well that's because people are trying to follow the lanes and the rules. who needs them!


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  Reply # 1155583 15-Oct-2014 17:42
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Mark: Ahh roundabouts!  Having lived near Swindon in the UK I used to get to play on the Magic Roundabout!

Imagine if they stuck this in Auckland ;-)



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Roundabout_(Swindon)


There's one in Tauranga that's a bit similar - traffic lights in the middle of a roundabout. Bit disconcerting at first, but they're all crazies down there anyway




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