Hemel Hempstead- A414 St Albans Road This view was taken looking from the footbridge over the road at Jarman Park towards the Jarman Park roundabout. There is a slip road on the left for eastbound A414 traffic that avoids the roundabout.
THE Roundabout called ' Magic' Hemel Hempstead Since drivers can go in either direction around the roundabout it can be a nightmare for strangers.The minis help to make it understandable.
Hemel Hempstead- The Magic Roundabout Hemel's Magic Roundabout was constructed in 1973, a year after its counterpart in Swindon. It is formally known as The Plough Roundabout or Moor End Roundabout. Despite their reputation these roundabouts work well and it is doubtful if any driver using them regularly would think twice about them. The River Gade flows through the middle. This is an accidental retake from the same viewpoint of Giles' <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/377720'>TL0506 : Hemel Hempstead's 'Magic Roundabout'</a>. The one major change that seems to have taken place is the reconfiguration of the junction arrangements with the road boottom right.
River Gade and the Kodak building, Hemel Hempstead The River Gade viewed looking upstream along the A414 Two Waters Road towards the centre of Hemel Hempstead and the 'Magic' roundabout. The roundabout is formally called 'The Plough Roundabout' after a former pub close by, but is known by all and sundry as the 'Magic', and originally was at the junction of six roads. The Wikipedia page states that 'Traffic is able to circulate in both directions around what appears to be a main central roundabout (and formerly was such), with the normal rules applying at each of the six mini-roundabouts encircling this central reservation. It is a misconception that the traffic flows the 'wrong' way around the inner roundabout; as it is not in fact a roundabout at all, and as such no roundabout rules apply to it. Easy for locals, it presents a challenge for those who encounter it for the first time, and broken glass and plastic from minor collisions constantly decorate the road surface.' At present the northernmost mini-roundabout does not have an incoming road to it. The 19 storey Kodak building is now no longer occupied by Kodak and has lost its distinctive rooftop logo since <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/23621'>TL0506 : THE Roundabout called ' Magic' Hemel Hempstead</a> was photographed in July 2005.
This is the last roundabout before the M1 on A414 The buildings to the right are business units including a hotel
A41 at the A414 Hemel Hempstead junction The slip road off the northbound carriageway peels off on the left here to <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1345170'>TL0405 : Hemel Hempstead: A414 road at the A41 junction</a>. Since this is an A road and not a motorway there is a crossing facility complete with a couple of Give Way signs to enable cyclists to cross over the slip road and carry on along the main carriageway. The two white squares in the main carriageway are markers for use by the Police using VASCAR (Visual Average Speed Computer And Recorder) methods. There will be another set of marks either prior to these, or ahead of them, at a known distance, such that, if a vehicle can be timed between the two marks, usually by helicopter, its average speed can be simply computed.
On a more engaging note what a wonderful display of daisies 2009 has brought to roadside verges!
A41 Langley Bypass Viewed from the Featherbed Lane overbridge looking towards the junction with the spur road to Hemel Hempstead, the bypass was built in 1993.
A41 Langley Bypass Viewed from the Featherbed Lane overbridge in Apsley, the bypass was built in 1993.
Bridge for the M1 over Punchbowl Lane Owen Williams Bridge, now replaced - see here
Hemel Hempstead- Gadebridge Park roundabout The A4146 Leighton Buzzard Road goes from lower right to upper left towards Leighton Buzzard, and the A4147 Link Road goes off to the upper right towards Redbourn. Galley Hill is the remaining road to the lower left.
A4146 approaching Hemel
Heading towards J8 on the A414 as the street lights cast shadows on the road