M25: The road you love to hate
The ring round around London, England.
The M25 motorway has become renowned for traffic jams and frustration – but it remains an extraordinary feat of engineering
Think of the M25 What comes to mind? CAR PARK!
For many people including you?, it will be horrendous traffic, debilitating stress, blazing rows with your nearest and dearest, people under taking, people hogging the middle lane (if you can when it has four?!).
At the same time, there is something undeniably fascinating about it. Especially if you can’t get off like some poor souls have over the years, gone around and around and around !! the mind boggles…
You’re sceptical. I get it. But consider this: since the opening of the M25 in October 1986, guided tours of the motorway have been laid on not just once but twice.
Admittedly, both were short-lived. The first was just after the M25 was declared open by Lady Thatcher, who cut a ribbon on the final section between London Colney (junction 22) and South Mimms (junction 23). So excited were the people of Norfolk – many of whom had never seen a motorway – that busloads signed up for guided tours of the London Orbital.
“It’s mad when you think about it,” says Edmund King, president of the AA. “Norfolk didn’t have any motorways, and people were fascinated. Tourists would spend an afternoon looking at the delights of the road – and no doubt getting caught up in traffic.”
It didn’t take long for the “mad” bus tours to be discontinued. But after lying dormant for decades, the idea was revived by the Brighton and Hove bus company in 2012, which was trying to prove that the M25 was actually not “the most boring road in Britain”.
I’d like to leave you with the idea that the M25 is actually too close to London and we really need another bypass Ring road, so if you are not heading to London you can go around it on the M25B 🙂
Any thoughts ? as usual ping me a reply below.
Kevin Paul Humphrey