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Gibraltar tunnel opening

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Its just been announced that the Gibraltar airport tunnel is opening on Friday. This will be great access to the rock as aircraft will no longer cause the only access road to be blocked to vehicles and pedestrians, however the downside is it will be it will no longer be possible to drive across the runway. This has been a very delayed project that has been going on what feels like forever with various delays and legal issues.

In some common sense, its been agreed access will be maintained for pedestrians, cycles, e-scooters, otherwise they faced a lengthy diversion

The official info is here on the new route
https://www.gibraltar.gov.gi/uploads/ne ... 20Info.pdf

I did a quick video today while leaving Gib, and plan to do another after the tunnel opens.
https://youtu.be/dhPVqCiaisE
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Wow, I'm sure they were planning that when I was working there in 2001! Will be a shame not to be able to cross the runway, though at least it means you won't get a random cyclist chancing it in the path of a 737! :shock:

Seems like there's a bit more stacking space for when the Spanish Border control are being awkward, which is a bonus.
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Thanks for sharing.
It seems like this has been under construction for ages
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Long overdue - I remember being rather uneasy being driven across that runway in 1994 :D
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. . .And with UK Style TSM Chapter 7 traffic signs as well!

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And of course, being Gib it had to be filmed on two wheels! :D

A lot of shiny new D2, and what looks to be a new airport terminal? They've certainly built a lot since my last visit, I don't remember the towers on the left as you exit the tunnel.
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Interesting - it’s all on a much bigger and fancier scale than I imagined.

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Chris56000 wrote: Thu Nov 23, 2023 18:35 . . .And with UK Style TSM Chapter 7 traffic signs as well!

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Took me a second to realise we weren't discussing these tunnels!
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From the SABRE Wiki: Gibraltar Tunnels :

The Gibraltar Tunnels (more commonly referred to as the Monmouth Tunnels) are a pair of bored tunnels carrying the A40 through Gibraltar Hill near Monmouth. They were constructed in the late 1960s as part of the route linking the Midlands to South Wales.

The tunnels were opened as part of the Mitchell Troy and Gibraltar Diversion scheme on 30 June 1967 by Ifor Davies, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales (per the Cymru : Wales 1967 Report).

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The tunnel just over 1 year after opening
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View from the foot/cycle path bridge, which leads into its own tunnel
View from the foot/cycle path bridge, which leads into its own tunnel
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Looking towards Spain, cycle tunnel on the left
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Very quiet airport, sometimes there are no planes there at all. Only BA and easyJet seem to use it.
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SteveA30 wrote: Thu May 09, 2024 20:47 The tunnel just over 1 year after opening.
It's amazing how so *vertical* the Rock is, particularly in the shot as the filming goes past a tower block. I'm used to steep mountains in the Lake District, but Gibraltar really is completely perpendicular to the horizontal.
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SteveA30 wrote: Thu May 09, 2024 20:54 Very quiet airport, sometimes there are no planes there at all. Only BA and easyJet seem to use it.
Ironically, BA is a major part of IAG with Iberia the second largest member.
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Vierwielen wrote: Fri Nov 24, 2023 13:00
Chris56000 wrote: Thu Nov 23, 2023 18:35 . . .And with UK Style TSM Chapter 7 traffic signs as well!

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Modified of course for drivng on the right and showing metric units.
Shame there doesn't seem to be any official documentation for their signs, apart from their Highway Code. Which doesn't show drive on the right type signs, yet a quick drive around on Streetview shows that such signs exist. Presumably as it's so small they tend to just wing it?
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Conekicker wrote: Sat May 18, 2024 13:41
Vierwielen wrote: Fri Nov 24, 2023 13:00
Chris56000 wrote: Thu Nov 23, 2023 18:35 . . .And with UK Style TSM Chapter 7 traffic signs as well!

Chris Williams
Modified of course for drivng on the right and showing metric units.
Shame there doesn't seem to be any official documentation for their signs, apart from their Highway Code. Which doesn't show drive on the right type signs, yet a quick drive around on Streetview shows that such signs exist. Presumably as it's so small they tend to just wing it?
The real reason is that the signs for the Highway Code are defined in the TSRGD. They coudl equally well be defined as a British Standard in which case the British Standard could define signs for driving on the left or the right and signs for metric or imperial units. The British Standard could also extnd the Transport font to include Greek lettrs for use in Cyprus. TThe TSRGD itself would only uswe a subset of the BSI-defined signs.
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Vierwielen wrote: Sat May 18, 2024 22:24
Conekicker wrote: Sat May 18, 2024 13:41
Vierwielen wrote: Fri Nov 24, 2023 13:00
Modified of course for drivng on the right and showing metric units.
Shame there doesn't seem to be any official documentation for their signs, apart from their Highway Code. Which doesn't show drive on the right type signs, yet a quick drive around on Streetview shows that such signs exist. Presumably as it's so small they tend to just wing it?
The real reason is that the signs for the Highway Code are defined in the TSRGD. They coudl equally well be defined as a British Standard in which case the British Standard could define signs for driving on the left or the right and signs for metric or imperial units. The British Standard could also extnd the Transport font to include Greek lettrs for use in Cyprus. TThe TSRGD itself would only uswe a subset of the BSI-defined signs.
British Standards need to be bought, whereas TSRGD is a free download. Think OGL.

It's hard enough getting people to follow open source documents, hide it behind a paywall and watch standards plummet even further!
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Conekicker wrote: Sun May 19, 2024 11:49
Vierwielen wrote: Sat May 18, 2024 22:24
Conekicker wrote: Sat May 18, 2024 13:41 Shame there doesn't seem to be any official documentation for their signs, apart from their Highway Code. Which doesn't show drive on the right type signs, yet a quick drive around on Streetview shows that such signs exist. Presumably as it's so small they tend to just wing it?
The real reason is that the signs for the Highway Code are defined in the TSRGD. They coudl equally well be defined as a British Standard in which case the British Standard could define signs for driving on the left or the right and signs for metric or imperial units. The British Standard could also extnd the Transport font to include Greek lettrs for use in Cyprus. TThe TSRGD itself would only uswe a subset of the BSI-defined signs.
British Standards need to be bought, whereas TSRGD is a free download. Think OGL.

It's hard enough getting people to follow open source documents, hide it behind a paywall and watch standards plummet even further!
What is wrong with the DfT paying BSI for permission to reproduce the relevant signs in the TSRGD? The fee would be the amount that the DfT woudl save by "conracting the work out. BSI would of course charge Commonwealth and foreign governments to pick and choose the signs that they want - the "Beware of Mines" sign is, I believe, used in the Falklands while I am sure that the MoD woudl find the range of signs useful. There might also be a market for certain exotic signs - for example, I have seen a "Beware of hippos" sign in South Africa so if the South African sign-making industry aligned its standards with the UK sign-making industry, BSI could be a useful "library" for all to use.
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Vierwielen wrote: Sun May 19, 2024 18:11
Conekicker wrote: Sun May 19, 2024 11:49
Vierwielen wrote: Sat May 18, 2024 22:24
The real reason is that the signs for the Highway Code are defined in the TSRGD. They coudl equally well be defined as a British Standard in which case the British Standard could define signs for driving on the left or the right and signs for metric or imperial units. The British Standard could also extnd the Transport font to include Greek lettrs for use in Cyprus. TThe TSRGD itself would only uswe a subset of the BSI-defined signs.
British Standards need to be bought, whereas TSRGD is a free download. Think OGL.

It's hard enough getting people to follow open source documents, hide it behind a paywall and watch standards plummet even further!
What is wrong with the DfT paying BSI for permission to reproduce the relevant signs in the TSRGD? The fee would be the amount that the DfT woudl save by "conracting the work out. BSI would of course charge Commonwealth and foreign governments to pick and choose the signs that they want - the "Beware of Mines" sign is, I believe, used in the Falklands while I am sure that the MoD woudl find the range of signs useful. There might also be a market for certain exotic signs - for example, I have seen a "Beware of hippos" sign in South Africa so if the South African sign-making industry aligned its standards with the UK sign-making industry, BSI could be a useful "library" for all to use.
South Africa, (plus the SADC for that matter), have a very comprehensive Road Traffic Signs Manual. I rather suspect they don't need any UK signs.
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