Well did a trip to London this afternoon - well heathrow, but thats splitting hairs.
M6 M6 M42 M40 M25 M4
M6 went pretty well good drive - M40 closer you got to London faster the traffic seemed to go - At one point sitting at 80 and being passed at much faster speeds - loads of Landrovers and Mercs about being driven at hypersonic speeds. Also noted further south you get the worse the driving became - nearly side swiped by a dozy asian in a honda trying to get to the M40 from the roundabout she was in lane three and tried to make a push to the M40 slip which resulted in some serious reactions on my part to stop a side swipe - her oblivious to it all as she trundled on...
M25 number of people trying to force in to the M4 slip at last minute - like were sitting there to make the turn if you think Im going to make a space for you when you knew the traffic was backed up then sorry - pretty abysmal driving and it seems to be getting worse. Looking forward to a quick bat up to the olympic area tomorrow evening and a run round the east of London before heading back to Heathrow and the hotel.
Have developed a hatred for minicabs being driven by asian guys who go where ever they want without checking mirrors and such ! crazy place to try and drive indeed.
This is why whenever I need to drive anywhere south of Manchester I plan it so that I drive at night, arrive before the morning peak, get a few hours rest then do what I have to do. I once drove out of London at 1500, got onto the M6 around 1700 and didnt get up to Preston till around 2100, never again! I know that if I leave my house at midnight I can be in London by 0700 (0600 if I floor it), Brum by 0500 and Manchester around 0330. If I leave at 9am I might not reach London till well after 1800.
I have to say though, the VSL cameras on the M1 North of the M25 has helped a great deal with slowing down those mentalists doing 120mph.