Friday, October 25, 2013

The Jumper

The traffic down the M6 has hit an all time pain in the arse slowness of we now have 4 lanes of stationary or near stationary traffic that is taking some 1 1/2hrs to do what is essentially a 20 minute drive of 22miles. Yeah go figure. So this week I have started setting out at 7:10am, and as a result have been getting to work ontime. During the course of the week I have been trying to find that new route that would cut the time down so here what I did.

Monday usually the worst day I avoided the M6 at the beginning. I however immediately hit traffic down the Cannock road and infact crawled all the way to junction 9 where I got on the M6 motorway and regretted it.

Name: Monday drive Activity type: driving Description: - Total distance: 35.21 km (21.9 mi) Total time: 1:19:50 Moving time: 1:15:58 Average speed: 26.47 km/h (16.4 mi/h) Average moving speed: 27.81 km/h (17.3 mi/h)


I repeated the same route but once back on the M6 J9 to J6 were horrendous.

Name: Tuesday drive Activity type: driving Description: - Total distance: 35.43 km (22.0 mi) Total time: 1:06:02 Moving time: 1:04:20 Average speed: 32.19 km/h (20.0 mi/h) Average moving speed: 33.04 km/h (20.5 mi/h)


New plan today and went via the Black Country route. Busy but moving until as I expected J1 of the M5 was boned and then the crawl into Birmingham from the West Bromwich Football ground.

Name: Wednesday drive Activity type: driving Description: Total distance: 35.58 km (22.1 mi) Total time: 1:05:41 Moving time: 58:58 Average speed: 32.50 km/h (20.2 mi/h) Average moving speed: 36.21 km/h (22.5 mi/h)



Revised plan of joining the M6 at Junction 9 and then heading down to junction 1 of the M5. This worked well. Then the crawl past the West Bromwich ground. Actually no quicker but the drive in was much more pleasant.

 Name: Thursday Activity type: driving Description: - Total distance: 38.88 km (24.2 mi) Total time: 1:04:49 Moving time: 1:01:23 Average speed: 35.98 km/h (22.4 mi/h) Average moving speed: 37.99 km/h (23.6 mi/h)



Well someone took the traffic situation to heart and decided enough was enough and jumped off the bridge at Junction 7. Nice place for it as it the “high” point of the route. This caused motorway and normal road chaos. Headed to Junction 9 where we considered ignoring the reports on WM and got on the M6 south bond to find it empty. There was no body to be seen at Junction 7 and the there was the worlds biggest stationary queue heading north where they had coned the area off ad closed the motorway. The hardest bit was getting off at spaghetti junction as at the island below there was a queue to join the northbound going nowhere queue. All in all no time difference!

Name: Friday jumper Activity type: driving Description: - Total distance: 38.09 km (23.7 mi) Total time: 1:09:30 Moving time: 1:06:49 Average speed: 32.87 km/h (20.4 mi/h) Average moving speed: 34.19 km/h (21.2 mi/h)

So after all that conclude what you like.


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