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Re: Best Named Roundabout

Post by Potholes ate my car » Tue Aug 13, 2019 14:51

(M7) wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 21:05
Was92now625 wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 20:50

Thanks. I remember seeing this one in the seventies.
Still don't know what a Whirlie is!
I'm not sure where the roundabout got its name, but round here a whirly is a rotary clothes line.

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Re: Best Named Roundabout

Post by trickstat » Tue Aug 13, 2019 15:50

Potholes ate my car wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 14:51
(M7) wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 21:05
Was92now625 wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 20:50

Thanks. I remember seeing this one in the seventies.
Still don't know what a Whirlie is!
I'm not sure where the roundabout got its name, but round here a whirly is a rotary clothes line.
Apparently the rotary clothes line that is one of the very few modern inventions to have originated from Australia.

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Re: Best Named Roundabout

Post by Chris Bertram » Tue Aug 13, 2019 15:52

trickstat wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 15:50
Potholes ate my car wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 14:51
(M7) wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 21:05
Still don't know what a Whirlie is!
I'm not sure where the roundabout got its name, but round here a whirly is a rotary clothes line.
Apparently the rotary clothes line that is one of the very few modern inventions to have originated from Australia.
Along with the hat with corks dangling from the brim?
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Re: Best Named Roundabout

Post by rhyds » Tue Aug 13, 2019 16:11

There's the Müller Roundabout in Market Drayton, complete with Umlaut!
Built for comfort, not speed.

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Re: Best Named Roundabout

Post by the cheesecake man » Tue Aug 13, 2019 17:39

rhyds wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 16:11
There's the Müller Roundabout in Market Drayton, complete with Umlaut!
Looks like a dangerous precedent, although I suppose there might be money to be made from sponsorship. If football clubs can name their stadia after their sponsors why not highway authorities their junctions?

No scrub that we'd soon have Richard Branson sponsoring roundabouts; that would be virgin on the ridiculous.

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Re: Best Named Roundabout

Post by rhyds » Tue Aug 13, 2019 17:57

the cheesecake man wrote:
rhyds wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 16:11
There's the Müller Roundabout in Market Drayton, complete with Umlaut!
Looks like a dangerous precedent, although I suppose there might be money to be made from sponsorship. If football clubs can name their stadia after their sponsors why not highway authorities their junctions?

No scrub that we'd soon have Richard Branson sponsoring roundabouts; that would be virgin on the ridiculous.
Considering that there's a ruddy big Müller dairy just off said roundabout its a perfectly reasonable name.
Built for comfort, not speed.

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Re: Best Named Roundabout

Post by James1978 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 20:48

Is Jiggers roundabout in/near Telford still there? I remember it from a family holiday in Ironbridge in 1992 and it amused me greatly!!

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Re: Best Named Roundabout

Post by BOH » Wed Aug 14, 2019 09:38

There is one near me on the A31 near Ferndown called the "David Phipps Roundabout" by some local radio stations when describing traffic delays. However to most people living more than a few miles away and of course visitors to the area, this means absolutely NOTHING. It is really unhelpful when a traffic report is read out and says, "there are currently long westbound delays at the David Phipps roundabout on the A31" without also mentioning the vital location.

One particular radio station in the area covers the A31 from pretty much Alton to Bere Regis - probably some 60-70 or so miles therefore the information is utterly meaningless to many in trying to plan an alternative route :confused: :confused:

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Re: Best Named Roundabout

Post by zapalniczka » Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:13

Golden Balls Roundabout always made me chuckle.

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Re: Best Named Roundabout

Post by Chris Bertram » Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:16

James1978 wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 20:48
Is Jiggers roundabout in/near Telford still there? I remember it from a family holiday in Ironbridge in 1992 and it amused me greatly!!
Sure is - https://www.google.com/maps/place/Jigge ... d-2.495245
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Re: Best Named Roundabout

Post by the cheesecake man » Wed Aug 14, 2019 19:12

rhyds wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 17:57
the cheesecake man wrote:
rhyds wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 16:11
There's the Müller Roundabout in Market Drayton, complete with Umlaut!
Looks like a dangerous precedent, although I suppose there might be money to be made from sponsorship. If football clubs can name their stadia after their sponsors why not highway authorities their junctions?

No scrub that we'd soon have Richard Branson sponsoring roundabouts; that would be virgin on the ridiculous.
Considering that there's a ruddy big Müller dairy just off said roundabout its a perfectly reasonable name.
That name was an excellent moooove in that case. But in general naming junctions after businesses would be a bad thing IMHO.

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Re: Best Named Roundabout

Post by nowster » Wed Aug 14, 2019 19:25

rhyds wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 16:11
There's the Müller Roundabout in Market Drayton, complete with Umlaut!
I'm surprised it's not called Muller Corner, actually. :lol:

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Re: Best Named Roundabout

Post by vlad » Sat Aug 17, 2019 20:18

the cheesecake man wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 17:39
rhyds wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 16:11
There's the Müller Roundabout in Market Drayton, complete with Umlaut!
Looks like a dangerous precedent, although I suppose there might be money to be made from sponsorship. If football clubs can name their stadia after their sponsors why not highway authorities their junctions?

No scrub that we'd soon have Richard Branson sponsoring roundabouts; that would be virgin on the ridiculous.
If Toyota and the Met Office can "sponsor" roundabouts then why not Müller? :)
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Re: Best Named Roundabout

Post by TS » Sun Aug 18, 2019 16:34

alice wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 15:50
Monkey's Jump in Dorchester is also a great name
Does anyone know how it got its name? I've never found out. (Sadly, the name is unsigned on the road.)

Meanwhile, one roundabout in Bristol is so good they named it twice!
https://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/wiki/ind ... Roundabout

From the SABRE Wiki: Wick Wick Roundabout :


Only in Bristol could you get away with calling a junction Wick Wick Roundabout! This is the point where the A4174 Avon Ring Road crosses the A432 to Yate. As such it is a busy junction, with traffic signals to try and improve the flow. Heading north, the A432 almost immediately crosses the M4, and the motorway runs more or less parallel to the A4174 to the west of the junction. This, coincidentally, is also the first stretch of the infamous 2+ lane.

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Re: Best Named Roundabout

Post by vlad » Sun Aug 18, 2019 20:03

Trench Lock Interchange in Telford.

There must be some etymological reason for calling it that but it still seems weird.

It's not too easy to navigate either.
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From the SABRE Wiki: Trench Lock Interchange :

Trench Lock Interchange is a junction in Telford. It was originally to be called Trench Lodge Interchange but the name changed before construction began. The layout of the junction also changed from the original proposals. There would have been one large roundabout to the north of the railway line with the A442 passing beneath the junction and railway. The junction as built allows for the A442 to pass over both roundabouts and the railway although it's extremely unlikely the

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Re: Best Named Roundabout

Post by Robert Kilcoyne » Sun Aug 18, 2019 20:49

vlad wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 20:03
Trench Lock Interchange in Telford.

There must be some etymological reason for calling it that but it still seems weird.

It's not too easy to navigate either.
There is a suburb of Telford called Trench, and Trench Lock may be related to a canal inclined plane which existed in that area between 1793 and 1921:-
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trench,_Telford

From the SABRE Wiki: Trench Lock Interchange :

Trench Lock Interchange is a junction in Telford. It was originally to be called Trench Lodge Interchange but the name changed before construction began. The layout of the junction also changed from the original proposals. There would have been one large roundabout to the north of the railway line with the A442 passing beneath the junction and railway. The junction as built allows for the A442 to pass over both roundabouts and the railway although it's extremely unlikely the

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Re: Best Named Roundabout

Post by Bfivethousand » Sun Aug 18, 2019 22:21

TS wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 16:34

Meanwhile, one roundabout in Bristol is so good they named it twice!
https://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/wiki/ind ... Roundabout
That's my old patch.

I remember discussing with my line manager at the time the idea of placing two SLOW markings before the nameplate for that roundabout along with a third identical marking just beyond it...
Now to be known as Bfiveeightsix

From the SABRE Wiki: Wick Wick Roundabout :


Only in Bristol could you get away with calling a junction Wick Wick Roundabout! This is the point where the A4174 Avon Ring Road crosses the A432 to Yate. As such it is a busy junction, with traffic signals to try and improve the flow. Heading north, the A432 almost immediately crosses the M4, and the motorway runs more or less parallel to the A4174 to the west of the junction. This, coincidentally, is also the first stretch of the infamous 2+ lane.

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Re: Best Named Roundabout

Post by Herned » Mon Aug 19, 2019 00:18

nowster wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 19:25
rhyds wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 16:11
There's the Müller Roundabout in Market Drayton, complete with Umlaut!
I'm surprised it's not called Muller Corner, actually. :lol:
Shame there's not a like button on this forum, that deserves a round of applause

I always found Tally Ho Corner amusing, although it's not strictly a roundabout

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Re: Best Named Roundabout

Post by the cheesecake man » Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:21

nowster wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 19:25
rhyds wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 16:11
There's the Müller Roundabout in Market Drayton, complete with Umlaut!
I'm surprised it's not called Muller Corner, actually. :lol:
:lol: :laugh:

In winter it could be renamed Mullerice! __ :coat:

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Re: Best Named Roundabout

Post by Johnathan404 » Mon Aug 19, 2019 14:15

BOH wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 09:38
There is one near me on the A31 near Ferndown called the "David Phipps Roundabout" by some local radio stations when describing traffic delays. However to most people living more than a few miles away and of course visitors to the area, this means absolutely NOTHING. It is really unhelpful when a traffic report is read out and says, "there are currently long westbound delays at the David Phipps roundabout on the A31" without also mentioning the vital location.

One particular radio station in the area covers the A31 from pretty much Alton to Bere Regis - probably some 60-70 or so miles therefore the information is utterly meaningless to many in trying to plan an alternative route :confused: :confused:
It sounds like your problem is that you are relying on an outdated medium to help you navigate. Listeners ("who pay the wages") are complaining that the travel reports are too long. There is no opportunity to add any additional words. Either you use the name locals know or you use a reference nobody knows.
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