Heading south, shortly after the improved section starts, we get a route confirmatory/distance sign, and those speed limit signs in the distance show a 120 km/h limit -- on of the first (if not the first) use of 120 km/h on a non-motorway. Note the very narrow central reservation. Apologies for the blur, but the light was fading fast.
Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 02, 2006 by csd
A1 at the border
The speed limit signs and change in hard shoulder are the only giveaway. Not a single 'Welcome to...' sign visible.
Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Aug 06, 2007 by csd
Welcome to the M8
I don't like the route confirmation sign -- what's the bets that countless UK road atlases will call this stretch the 'M8 (toll)'? I think they would have been better to use a standard motorway route confirmation sign, and place 'Toll' on a separate plate below.
Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Oct 16, 2006 by csd
Joining the A22 - Algarve
Maximum and minimum speed limits are indicated after each on-ramp. The sign behind them informs drivers of the rumble strip on the white line between the hard shoulder and the carriageway.
Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 18, 2007 by sgill77