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By The Gay UK, Nov 25 2014 09:30PM

No it's not just EastEnders that has scandal and secrets at Christmas, Downton Abbey now want your eyes this Christmas in its Christmas special.




Perpare for Christmas 1924.

Joining the cast as a guest star is Alun Armstrong (New Tricks, Braveheart, Sleepy Hollow). Alun will play Stowell, the Sinderbys’ butler. Also joining is BAFTA Award nominee, Jane Lapotaire (Blind Justice, Shooting Fish, There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble) who will play the much talked about Princess Irina, wife of Prince Kuragin (Rade Sherbedgia).

It's grouse shooting season and Rose’s father-in-law, Lord Sinderby, has rented out Brancaster Castle in Northumberland and invited the Crawley family to a shooting party. While good sport is enjoyed, Stowell (Armstrong) has an axe to grind and a scandalous secret threatens to undermine the holiday. Surprises are in store as the families become better acquainted with each other and some new faces arrive on the scene.



Meanwhile the servants hold the fort back at Downton. As Anna faces an uncertain future behind bars, Bates takes drastic measures in a bid to clear her name. Baxter and Molesley are busy on a joint plan and Carson and Mrs Hughes consider a business venture.

Alnwick Castle, in Northumberland, was used as the location for Brancaster Castle. Production spent two weeks in Northumberland and filmed in the spectacular interior rooms as well as the incredible Hulne Abbey and shooting on the estate.


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The episode will feature returning stars Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Phyllis Logan, Laura Carmichael, Lily James, Allen Leech, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Robert James-Collier, Kevin Doyle, Raquel Cassidy, Sue Johnston, Jeremy Swift, Douglas Reith, Fifi Hart and Zac and Oliver Barker.

Making a return to Downton Abbey are James Faulkner and Penny Downie as Lord and Lady Sinderby, along with their son and Lady Rose’s husband Matt Barber as Atticus Aldridge. Rade Sherbedgia will also reprise his role as Prince Kuragin and Michael Fox will play footman Andy.







By The Gay UK, Nov 25 2014 09:06PM

#WEAREALL CLEAN




Hoping for a viral sensation like the ALS ice-bucket craze US Reality TV star JACK MACKENROTH is stripping down and soaping up for a challenge of his own: the shower selfie. Mackenroth has started an online campaign encouraging other (hot) people to take sexy shower pics and then post them using the hashtag #weareALLclean.




It's all for a good cause to help people with HIV + AIDS and Mackrenroth has set up a page on the HOUSING WORKS website where you can donate directly to the campaign, which he hopes will raise one million dollars. He is also working with the gay social website MOOVZ where people can post their pics, or just use their own accounts on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. So far he's enlisted singer CHRIS SALVATORE and also model COLBY MELVIN.




Speaking on the project's page, Mackenroth says, 'I was inspired by the use of the word ‘clean’, especially common in gay culture, to describe oneself as STI/STD free. Indirectly this implies that HIV-positive people are somehow ‘dirty'", says Mackenroth. “I thought a PG or PG-13 shower selfie or Vine video would be a fun way that everyone could easily show their support on social media for finding a cure by using the hashtag #weareALLclean when they post their photo with the link. They then nominate 3 other people to participate and hopefully donate to the project as well.'


Mackenroth insists that the all the photos be ‘clean’ (it is a shower after all), which he evidently means keep some body parts private. However, what we cannot quite fathom out is how the pics already posted truly qualify to be ‘selfies’ as they all have their hands really full! Hmmm is he perhaps implying that we should get someone to get in the shower with us?


Would you be prepared to make this sacrifice for a ‘good cause’?


http://fundraising.housingworks.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.personalCampaign&participantID=1850


by Roger Walker-Dack








By The Gay UK, Nov 25 2014 08:10PM

It's 23 years ago today that Freddie Mercury died. An iconic rock superstar whose passion for music... and life... is the central focus on this enchanting new documentary made for British TV by actor/director and devoted Queen 'expert' Rhys Thomas. It centres mainly on the latter part of Mercury's career when he was dabbling with breaking away from Queen to establish his own solo career.



Freddie Mercury; The Great Pretender
Freddie Mercury; The Great Pretender

In a series of interviews with band members Roger Taylor & Brian May, Ian Hudson his late life partner, his managers, other musicians he worked with, and even life long fan Matt Lucas, a picture emerges of an extremely well liked... loved even... musician who so enthusiastically kept pushing the boundaries of both his personal and professional life. As a gay man he embraced the vibrant and exhilarating club culture that was proliferating both in Europe and the USA prior to the onslaught of the AIDS epidemic. Paul Prenter his personal assistant at the time acted as a pimp/procurer/partner-in-crime that led a willing Mercury down a path of self-destruction. Mercury even refused to be tested for the virus itself for years because he believed there was simply no point if there was no effective treatment. Musically he loved to experiment and there are clips of him recording with Rod Stewart, and an aborted attempt to do a duet with Michael Jackson (he abandoned that project when Jackson insisted bringing a llama into the studio). But, it's the recordings he made with the great mezzo-soprano Montserrat Caballé that set him apart from his peers, and even now the truly sensational video of them singing 'Barcelona' live still gives me spine-chilling shivers. She incidentally talks so rapturously about not just their work together, but also about Freddie as a human being too.




His love/hate relationship with the other members of Queen resulted in some of the finest music that he produced, and it was touching that although he was often estranged from them, both Roger Taylor and Brain May couldn't wait to get on TV to eulogise him and counterbalance some of the negative and nasty coverage the tabloid press churned out after his AIDS-related death. 



Freddie Mercury & Michael Jackson
Freddie Mercury & Michael Jackson

What I hadn't appreciated at the time was his sheer diversity too, and there is a wonderful sequence when he gets to perform with the Royal Ballet at their invitation. Also I was completely unaware  that all of Mercury's songs were about love... not 'issues' or politics, even on his first solo album that had a very limited success. His second album without Queen was the one he and Ms Caballé produced together, and last year it was re-released with added full orchestrations... and not to be missed.


23 years after his death, his legend goes on with the stage musical about Queen called 'We Will Rock You' that has played in London's West End for 12 years, and toured all around the World.  


By Roger Walker-Dack







By The Gay UK, Nov 25 2014 11:53AM

You Were Known To Us – Transgender Day Of Remembrance


''Tiffany. 18 years old. Cause of death – dismemberment''


''Camille Verona. 24 years old. Cause of death – suffocation''


''Luna. 27 years old. Cause of death – gunshot to the chest''


And that is just to pick a few examples at random.


In the past year, there have been 268 reported murders of trans women and trans men around the world. And that is just the number we know about. The true figure is undoubtedly far higher. While the statistic in itself is depressing, it's the individual stories of violence and brutality that lie behind it that is truly shocking.



Since 1999, 20th November has been the annual date for Transgender Day of Remembrance. Its purpose is simple; to remember the members of the transgender community that have been victims, but also to acknowledge those who have committed suicide, as statistically the trans community are the social group most likely to be driven to take their own lives.

In the UK, the largest commemorative event for TDoR is held in Manchester, also the site of the world's first permanent trans memorial, a 12 foot tall wooden tree sculpture in Sackville Gardens, the green space in the heart of the city's famous Canal Street area.


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From small beginnings, Transgender Day of Remembrance has steadily increased in profile and media coverage. Tony Cooper, organiser of the Manchester event and a trustee of trans charity Sparkle told me. 'This is our eighth year in the park and it's grown hugely every single year'.


This year over 200 people crammed into a marquee in Sackville Gardens to hear the names of those who have died as a result of violence in the past year read out, listen to a rousing performance from the Manchester LGB Chorus and then at the end of the evening to light candles and assemble at the memorial. Some had also brought flowers and handwritten cards to leave in memory. From the trees close to the memorial hung photographs of some of those we had gathered to remembered; their faces watching us, a moving reminder of the unnecessary waste of human life and why so many felt compelled to gather in the park on a chilly Sunday evening in late November.



The assembled crowd was truly diverse in terms of age and background and many had traveled long distances to be there and pay their respects. Many also had there own stories to tell of personal experiences of hate crime.


As we set our candles in the sand boxes at the foot of the huge wooden sculpture, I chatted to a lady called Carol who had travelled overnight from near Bristol to be in Manchester.


'I had trouble myself. I was in hospital earlier this year. It all got too much for me. I had this friend and she got killed. They smashed her face up. I saw her in the hospital. They made her look so horrible. I still see her all the time looking like that but it's better now I've had help'.


The overwhelming message of TDoR is a simple but powerful one ''You Were Known To Us''. Each speaker reinforced this. This does not just apply solely to victims of hate crimes on other continents however. A few speakers also noted that there were many instances of trans men & women who had died of natural causes but whose families had opted to bury them as their birth gender, denying them their identity. As one lady who had recently lost a close friend who was then buried as a man by her family told me, 'I want to lay flowers on the grave of the woman I knew, not a man called David who was a stranger to me.'


It was a theme that Tony Cooper focused on in his speech too, along with the importance of community and reaching out to others, both half a world away and far closer to home, 'Do we need a day to remember? No, we don't need a day... But a day to say you were us. Because you are us.'



The Sparkle weekend, a celebration of the transgender community held in Manchester each July, has grown to a point where, after Pride, it is the Gay Village's second biggest weekend of the year in terms of visitor numbers and revenue. In purely commercial terms, this year's event generated a not inconsiderable sum of £2.8 million for the local economy. It is indicative of the growing visibility of the community in the UK.


The remit that the trustees of Sparkle have set themselves is of ''education, action and accessibility''.


Manchester is a city often celebrated for its tolerance and diversity and this year's Transgender Day of Remembrance saw a large number of attendees from across the wider spectrum of the LGBT community. It's certainly a start. But when in 2014, there remains 21 European countries where by law trans women and men must be compulsorily sterilised prior to gender reassignment surgery, there remains much to be done.


And to quote one of the speakers from the marquee ''268 people were murdered in the last year. Just for being themselves''


Photography: Caroline Watson, Highbank Studios carolinewatson2162@gmail.com


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Transgender-Remembrance-Memorial-Project-Manchester/127795353947830?fref=ts





By The Gay UK, Nov 24 2014 08:49PM

A man whose 'I'm Gay No More' video went viral last week is allegedly facing legal action from the Church of God in Christ.




In the video the excitable man known as Mr. Caldwell ranted, ‘I'm not gay no more. I am delivered! I don't like mens no more. I said I like women. Women women women women! I said women! I'm not gay! I would not date a man! I would not carry a purse! I would not put on make-up! I will, I will love a women!’




The video went viral within a day and has now been turned into a single which you can purchase on iTunes, Google and Amazon after Caldwell added autotune to the track.


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However TMZ is reporting that a church insider has told Caldwell to stop selling the song, because of a copyright infridgement, as they own the audio.


In copyright law, whoever paid, or provided the equipment for the recording to be made is the legal copyright holder. In this case because Caldwell is seen in church using the church's equipment it could be argued that the copyright is rightfully the church's.


The video is still available to watch on YouTube, however the single has been removed from the stores.











By The Gay UK, Nov 24 2014 07:55PM

New work


A120 Wix Bypass, Essex: Resurfacing

We will be resurfacing the carriageway on the A120 in both directions on the Wix Bypass in Essex. We will also be replacing road markings and studs at the location. The works will start on Monday 24 November for 6 nights. We will carry out the works between 8pm and 6am, and to keep road users safe we will need to close the A120 in both directions between the junction with the B1035 at Horsley Cross and the B1352 at Ramsey. Eastbound traffic will be diverted onto the B1035 Clacton Rd northbound, then to turn right onto the B1352 New Rd into Mistly then right onto High St. into Bradfield. Traffic will then turn left staying on the B1352 to Ramsey to rejoin the A120. Westbound traffic will follow this diversion in reverse. Access to the A120 from the side roads within the extents of the closure will be limited to access-only for residents that live adjacent to the A120.


Ongoing work


A1 southbound, Biggleswade: Drainage clearance

We will be carrying out works to clear the drainage alongside the A1 southbound near Biggleswade to the junction with the A1(M). We will start works on Monday 17 November for approximately four weeks. We will carry out the works from 8pm and 6am, using lane closures.


A1, Black Cat roundabout, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire: Improvements

A scheme to ease congestion and improve journey time and safety (part of the Government’s £317m pinch point programme, which aims to boost local economies by reducing congestion and delays at key locations) has started. It involves a new road alignment to enlarge and widen the existing roundabout, new safety fencing, improved drainage, new surfacing on the roundabout and installation of lighting columns and traffic lights. The work will normally take place between 7.30am and 5.30pm from Monday to Friday, with the occasional night time lane closures. Narrow lanes are now in place in both directions. On Friday 28th November and Saturday 29th November, from 10pm until 6am, each night, the A1 southbound will be closed to carry out surfacing works. The diversion will be via the Wyboston/A428 interchange and Barford Road rejoining the A1 at Tempsford. During the road closures only, traffic will only be able to travel along Barford Road southbound, and its weight restriction will be lifted temporarily. There will also be various single lane closures between 17th and 20th November on both north and southbound A1 and A421. Subject to weather conditions, the work is scheduled to last for approximately six months.


A5-M1 Link (Dunstable Northern Bypass), Bedfordshire: Improvements

This scheme aims to provide a link to the M1 that is an alternative to the movement along the A5 and A505 from the A5/A505 junction to the M1 Junction 11. It would reduce journey times and improve journey reliability for strategic traffic currently travelling through Dunstable. It also aims to reduce the number of vehicle and safety related incidents and will support local development plans, economic growth and employment and maximise the return on public investment. Advanced works started on site in May 2014. Continuation of these works will require some road closures, which will be publicised in advance. These works are important as they will help stay on target for the planned start of the main construction work in spring 2015. The planned completion date for the project is early 2017. For more information, visit http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/A5-M1-Link-Dunstable-Northern-Bypass


A11 Fiveways to Thetford, Suffolk: Major upgrade

Work is taking place along the A11 between Fiveways roundabout (Barton Mills) and London Road (Thetford roundabout) to dual the last section of the road. The Elveden bypass between Chalk Hall Farm (south of Elveden) to London Rd roundabout at Thetford is now open to traffic and two-way traffic is also running on some new sections of carriageway. During the works, there will be a temporary speed restriction of 40mph throughout the scheme as well as some overnight closures and temporary traffic management as follows:


Two way temporary traffic signals are in use as follows:

Two-way portable traffic signals will be in operation on the B1106, Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm daily, when required.


Overnight on the A11, when required. When in use, these will be in operation between 7pm and 6am.

Work to re-configure the Elveden cross-roads (B1106 & old A11 junction) will continue this week.

The C616 is closed at its junction with the A11. Access will be maintained via the A1065, Brandon Road.

The planned completion date is December 2014.


For further details of this scheme, visit: http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/a11-fiveways-to-thetford-improvement/


A14 Brampton to Ellington, Cambridgeshire: Ditch clearance

Work to clear the ditch of vegetation and silt on the A14 between Brampton Hut and Ellington village started on 20 October for approximately eight weeks. The work is carried out under lane closures at night time only (mainly on the westbound carriageway but there will be some eastbound work) between 8pm and 5am, when traffic flows are lower.


A14 Girton to Histon (junctions 31 to 32): Lane gain scheme

On 14 April 2014 work started to improve slip roads onto the M11 and A14 and to add an additional lane on the A14 in each direction between Girton and Histon. This is part of the Government’s Pinch point Programme. The work is scheduled to take place mainly during the day, with existing lanes narrowed and a 50mph speed limit imposed. During the week commencing Monday 24th November 2014 there are no full carriageway closures planned or anticipated. There may however be temporary lane closures implemented during the night to facilitate the daytime works. For more information, visit http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/A14-Junction-31-to-32-Eastbound-and-Westbound-Improvements


A47 Postwick, Norfolk: Postwick Hub junction upgrade

Norfolk County Council started work to upgrade the Postwick Hub junction over the A47 on 12 May 2014. For the duration of the work, there will be an eastbound lane 1 closure and a temporary 50mph speed limit on the A47. In addition, work will require some overnight closures on the A47 from time to time, which will be advertised in advance by the council. Work is due to be completed by winter 2015. For further details, contact Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or visit www.norfolk.gov.uk.


A421 Bedford Southern Bypass eastbound: Resurfacing and drainage clearance works

We will be carrying out works to resurface the carriageway on the eastbound A421 Bedford Southern Bypass. We will be replacing worn out carriageway, road markings and road studs, as well as clearing drainage at this location. Works will start on Monday 17 November and we plan to finish them by Tuesday 23 December. We will be working between 8pm and 6am on weeknights only. To keep road users at a safe distance from the works we will need to close the A421 eastbound between A4280 Goldington Road and A6 Elstow. Eastbound traffic should leave the A421 at A4280, turn left at the traffic lights onto Newnham Avenue, then follow Newnham Avenue onto Longholme Way. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Rope Walk, and at the next roundabout take the second exit onto A5140 Ampthill Road, and then follow this road to the junction with A421 / A6 at Elstow. We will remove the traffic management during the daytime, and traffic will run on the A421 on a milled surface, with a temporary 40mph speed limit. Our intention is to better deliver a road surface that has fewer joints reducing maintenance works in the future. The operations should also reduce the duration of the works compared with using the traditional method.


A1307 – A14 westbound, Cambridge: Resurfacing works

We will be resurfacing the carriageway on the A1307 westbound between Histon Road and A14 junction 31 near Cambridge. We will start the works on Sunday 23 November and we plan to finish them by Friday 5 December. We will be working between 20:00 and 06:00 on weeknights only. To keep road users at a safe distance from the works we will need to close the A1307 westbound overnight between B1049 Histon Road and A14 junction 31. We will also need to close one lane westbound during the daytime at the same location. Westbound traffic will be diverted along the B1049 Histon Road to A14 junction 32, and then westbound along the A14 to junction 31.

By The Gay UK, Nov 24 2014 07:45PM

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 21 November and could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.


A66 Sandford to Warcop

Temporary traffic lights will operate overnight, between 8pm and 6am, while resurfacing work is carried out. A temporary 40mph limit will also remain in place during the day. The scheme is due to be completed by Monday 1 December.


A483/A55 Roundabout, Chester

Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are set to benefit from quicker and safer journeys as part of a major improvement of the A55 and A483 roundabout near Chester. Work to remodel the roundabout, south of the city, is due to be completed by the end of March and will require some overnight closures while the work takes place.


A556 Bowdon to Knutsford

A £192 million project is being carried out to create a new dual carriageway linking the M56 to the M6 in Cheshire. A mile-long section of the existing A556 will be upgraded from junction 7 of the M56 near Bowdon before breaking away to the west, bypassing the village centres of Bucklow Hill, Mere and Over Tabley. It will then join up with junction 19 of the M6 near Knutsford. A temporary 40mph speed limit is currently in place between Bucklow Hill and Bowdon, and the new dual carriageway is expected to open in Winter 2016/17.


A585 Thistleton

Temporary traffics will be in place overnight, between 8pm and 6am, while resurfacing work is carried out on the A585 near Thistleton from Monday 24 November. The work will also require the closure of a junction, with a diversion in place. The scheme is due to be completed by Saturday 29 November.


A585 Windy Harbour

A major scheme to improve the A585 crossroads at Garstang New Road, Fleetwood Road and Windy Harbour near Blackpool will begin on Monday 10 November. The scheme will involve the realignment and widening of the existing crossroads to create extra lanes through the junction. There will be a compulsory 30mph speed limit along a mile of the A585 and a short section of the A586, with temporary traffic lights in place. Work is expected to be completed in March.


A585 Thornton-Cleveleys

Temporary traffic lights and lane closures are in place on the A585 between West Drive and Bourne Way in Thornton-Cleveleys while work is carried out to covert the road into a dual carriageway. The project is due to be completed in December.


A590 Dalton-in-Furness

Work to reinstate the over-run areas within the laybys on the A590 between Askam roundabout and Dalton roundabout is due to begin on Monday 24 November. New tactile paving will also be installed at the pedestrian crossings by the roundabouts. The laybys will be closed until Sunday 30 November, and temporary traffic lights and a 40mph speed limit will be in place overnight at the roundabouts, between 8pm and 6am. The project is due to be completed by Monday 15 December.


A590 Newby Bridge

Resurfacing of the A590 between the A592 roundabout and the dual carriageway to the west of Newby Bridge is due to begin on Monday 24 November. Tactile paving will also be installed at pedestrian crossings. Temporary traffic lights and reduced speed limits will be in place overnight, between 8pm and 6am. The project is due to be completed by Tuesday 16 December.


A590 Brettargh Holt Roundabout to M6 Junction 36

Work is taking place to improve drainage on the section of the A590 near the junction with the M6. The eastbound side of the road will be closed overnight for two nights between 10pm and 6am from Saturday 8 November and again for two nights at the end of the project. The scheme is due to be completed by Sunday 14 December.


A590 Arrad Foot

Drainage improvements will be carried out on a two-mile stretch of the A590 near Ulverston from Monday 17 November. A temporary 40mph speed limit will be in place, with temporary traffic lights in use overnight between 8pm and 6am. The scheme is due to be completed by Monday 15 December.


A590 Lindale Hill

Work is taking place to resurface the westbound side of the A590 around Lindale Hill, between Meathop Roundabout and the junction with the B5721 Cartmel Road. A lane closure will be in place along the westbound carriageway during the day with a 40mph speed limit past the roadworks. At times overnight, drivers may be held at temporary traffic lights and asked to follow a contractor’s vehicle at 10mph. The work is due to be completed by Monday 1 November.


A595 Whitehaven Parton to Pelican Garage

Work being carried out to repair pot holes and improve the road surface of the A595 near Whitehaven. All the work will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am. Temporary traffic lights will be in place, and road users may be led through the roadworks at 10mph by a contractor’s vehicle. The scheme is due to be completed by the end of November.


A5103 Manchester

Sections of the A5103 Princess Parkway and Princess Road in South Manchester will be closed overnight for resurfacing and other maintenance work. The scheme affects the route between Barlow Moor Road at West Didsbury and Sale Road at Northenden. Each side of the road will each be closed for up to three nights between 9pm and 5am, and the work is due to be completed in November.

By The Gay UK, Nov 24 2014 07:15PM

Planned roadworks in Kent and Sussex: Weekly summary for Monday 24 November – Sunday 30 November 2014.


M20 junction 5 to 6, Maidstone, Kent: Joint replacement and drainage

The coastbound carriageway will be closed overnight, between 8pm and 6am, on Monday 24 November for four nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the entry and exit slip roads. The hard shoulders in both directions and the London-bound entry and exit slip roads between junctions 6 and 5 will be closed overnight, between 8pm and 6am, from Tuesday 25 November weeknights only. A clearly signed diversion for road users wishing to join the M20 will be in place via junction 7. A clearly signed diversion for road users wishing to exit at junction 6 will be in place via junction 5. All work is due to finish in mid-December.


M20 junctions 10 to 11 Smeeth, Ashford, Kent: Slope stabilisation work

A lane one closure and a 50mph speed limit will continue to be in place on the coastbound carriageway 24/7 until the middle of December.


M23 junction 11, Pease Pottage, West Sussex: Gorse Management

A lane closure will be in place on the coastbound carriageway overnight, between 9.30am and 3.30pm, from Monday 24 November on weekdays only. Work is due to finish by Friday 5 December.


A2 Ebbsfleet to Bean, Kent: Carriageway resurfacing

The London-bound carriageway will be closed overnight, between 11pm and 5am, on Monday 24 November. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the exit and entry slip roads at the Bean Interchange. The London-bound Bean Interchange exit slip road will be closed overnight, between 11pm and 5am, for two consecutive nights from Tuesday 25 November. In addition, single lane running and a 50mph speed limit will be in place on the London-bound carriageway. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the Darenth Interchange. There will be single lane running and a 50mph speed limit on the London-bound carriageway at Ebbsfleet Interchange overnight, between 11pm and 5am, on Thursday 27 November. The London-bound Ebbsfleet entry slip road will be closed overnight, between 8pm and 5am, on Sunday 30 November. In addition, single lane running and a 50mph speed limit will be in place on the London-bound carriageway. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the Pepperhill junction and the A2. Work is due to finish early December.


A21 Barnetts Wood, Tonbridge, Kent: Road surveys

Lane closures will be in place on the London-bound carriageway at Barnetts Wood overnight, between 8pm and 6am, for two nights from Monday 24 November.


A21 Quarry Hill, Tonbridge, Kent: Road surveys

Lane closures will be in place on the London-bound carriageway between Quarry Hill and Lower Haysden overnight, between 8pm and 6am, for two nights from Monday 24 November.


A21 Pillory Corner, Flimwell, East Sussex: Drainage work

Lane closures and temporary traffic lights will be in place between Scotney Castle and Flimwell Crossroads overnight, between 8pm and 6am, from Monday 24 November for five nights.


A21 Whatlington to Seddlescombe, East Sussex: Drainage work

A lane closure and temporary traffic lights will continue to be in place at Marley Lane overnight, between 8pm and 6am each night. The lay-by will continue to be closed on the London-bound carriageway adjacent to Marley Lane 24/7. Work is due to finish Saturday 6 December.


A23 Handcross to Warninglid, West Sussex: Major improvement work

The coastbound carriageway and the coastbound entry slip road at Handcross will continue to be closed between Handcross and Warninglid overnight, between 8pm and 6am, from Monday 24 November to Friday 5 December. Clearly signed diversions will be in place via the A264, A24 and the A272.


A23 Bolney, West Sussex: Resurfacing work

The London-bound carriageway between Hickstead and Bolney will be closed overnight, between 8pm and 5am, from Thursday 27 November, on weekday nights only. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the B2300, B2036 and the A272.


A23 Hickstead, West Sussex: Resurfacing work

The London-bound carriageway between Pyecombe and Hickstead will be closed overnight, between 8pm and 5am, from Monday 24 November for four nights,. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A273 and A2300.


A249 Sheppey Crossing, Kent: Carriageway resurfacing work

The northbound carriageway will be closed from 8am on Saturday 29 November until 4pm on Sunday 30 November. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the Kingsferry Bridge.


A27 Fontwell, West Sussex: Vegetation clearance

Westbound lane closures will continue to be in place at Fontwell overnight, between 8pm and 6am, on weeknights only from Monday 24 November for one week.


A27 Hammerpot Hill, Sussex: Drainage survey

A lane will be closed on the westbound carriageway on Thursday 27 November between 9.30am and 3.30pm.


A27 Manor Road, Worthing, West Sussex: Footpath construction

Westbound lane closures and a 40mph speed limit will continue to be in place between the Vosa lay by and the Sussex Pad junction overnight, between 7.30pm and 6am, for four weeks.


A27 Sompting to Lancing, West Sussex: Resurfacing

There will be a lane closure in place on the westbound carriageway overnight, between 8pm and 6am, at Lyons Farm from Monday 24 November for five nights.


A27 Westdene, East Sussex: Pavement Investigation

Lane closures will be in place on the westbound carriageway overnight, between 8pm and 6am, between Patcham Interchange and Hangleton junction from Tuesday 25 November for three nights. On Friday 28 November, there will be a lane closure on the eastbound exit slip road at Pacham Interchange.


A27 Worthing, West Sussex: Lighting replacement

Lane closures and temporary traffic lights will continue to be in place between the Grove Lodge roundabout and Lyons Farm, between 9.30am and 3.30pm and between 8pm and 6am, (Monday to Friday only) until Friday 12 December.


A27 Whyke Roundabout, Chichester, West Sussex: Drainage improvement

Narrow lanes will continue to be in place during the daytime with lane closures in place in both directions overnight (Monday to Friday only), between 8pm and 6am, around the Whyke Roundabout. Work is due to be completed in early December.

By The Gay UK, Nov 24 2014 07:00PM

Planned roadworks in Devon and Cornwall: Weekly summary for Monday 24 November 2014 – Sunday 30 November


The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of 21 November but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.


A30 Sticklepath, nr Okehampton – Drainage works

East and westbound lane closure from 8am to 8.30pm (24 Nov)


A30 Between Whiddon Down and Woodleigh, nr Okehampton – Drainage works

24hr eastbound lane closure (24-28 Nov) 24hr westbound lane closure at Whiddon Down (24-26 Nov)


A30 Tongue End, nr Okehampton – Drainage works

24hr east and westbound lane closure (25-26 Nov)


A30 Fingle Glen, nr Exeter – Drainage works

24hr east and westbound lane closure (26-27 Nov)


A30 Between Woodleigh and Whiddon Down, nr Okehampton – Drainage works

24hr westbound lane closure (26-27 Nov)


A30 Ide, nr Exeter – Drainage works

24hr westbound lane closure (26-27 Nov)


A30 Meldon, nr Okehampton – Drainage works

24hr westbound lane closure (26-28 Nov)


A30 Alphington, Exeter – Drainage works

Eastbound lane closure from 8pm to 4am (28-29 Nov)


A38 Manadon, Plymouth – Junction improvement

24hr eastbound narrow lanes and 50mph limit (6 Oct – 22 Dec)


A38 Dry Bridge, nr South Brent – New bridge scheme

24hr eastbound exit sliproad closure. Access for residents only. Diversion via Dart Bridge. (30 Oct – 23 April) 24hr narrow lanes and 40mph limit on main carriageway. (10 Nov – 23 April 2015)


A38 Plympton – Slope stabilisation

24hr contraflow and 50mph limit (11 Nov – 4 Dec)


A38 Kennford, nr Exeter – Junction improvement

24hr contraflow and 50mph limit. Splatford bridge closed with access for residents only. Diversion via A380 southbound up Telegraph Hill to Great Haldon and minor road past Exeter Racecourse to A38. (17 Nov – 31 March 2015)


A38 Ashburton – Resurfacing

Eastbound lane closure and convoy working from 7pm to 4am Mon to Fri. Various sliproad closures with locally signed diversions. (20-29 Nov)


A38 Drumbridge Jct, Heathfield, nr Bovey Tracey – Junction improvements

Various sliproad closures (27 Nov – 30 April 2015)


A38 Deep Lane, Plympton – Resurfacing

Three-way traffic signals at junction of westbound exit sliproad and Deep Lane from 7pm to 7am (27-29 Nov)


A30 Between Launceston and Lifton – Drainage works

24hr westbound lane closure (26-28 Nov)


A30 Highgate, nr Bodmin – Surveys

Westbound lane closure from 9am to 4pm Mon to Fri (17-25 Nov)


A30 Roseworthy, nr Redruth – Tree works

Westbound lane closure from 9am to 4pm (24-28 Nov)


A30 Between Scorrier and Avers, Redruth – Tree works

Westbound lane closure from 9am to 4pm (24-28 Nov)


A30 Five Lanes, nr Launceston – Cabling works

East and westbound lane closure and convoy working from 8pm to 6am (24-25 Nov)


A30 Canon’s Town, nr Hayle – Surveys

Traffic signals from 7pm to 6am (25-27 Nov)


A30 Between Innis Downs and Callywith, nr Bodmin – Drainage works

East and westbound carriageway closure from 8pm to midnight. Diversion via A389 through Bodmin (25-26 Nov)


A30 Kennards House, nr Launceston – Cabling

East and westbound lane closure and convoy working from 8pm to 6am (25-26 Nov)


A30 Between Carminow Cross and Innis Downs, nr Bodmin – Drainage works

24hr east and westbound lane closure and 50mph speed limit (26 Nov – 2 March)


A30 Temple, nr Bodmin – Surveys

Eastbound lane closure from 9am to 4pm Mon to Fri (26 Nov – 1 Dec) Westbound lane closure from 9am to 4mp Mon to Fri (26 Nov – 5 Dec)


A30 Between Lifton and Launceston – Drainage works

24hr westbound lane closure (26-28 Nov)


A38 Between Trerulefoot and Tideford, nr Saltash – Resurfacing

East and westbound carriageway closure from 7.30pm to 6am. Diversion via B3249. Traffic signals on Trerulefoot Roundabout on Monday night. (24-25 Nov)


A38 Between Trerulefoot and Lower Clicker, near Liskear – Resurfacing

Westbound carriageway closure from 7.30pm to 6am. Diversion via A374 and B3252 (25-28 Nov)


A38 Between Island Shop Jct, Liskeard and Trerulefoot – Resurfacing

Eastbound carriageway closure from 8pm to 6am. Diversion via A390 to Callington and A388 to Carkeel. (25-28 Nov)


A38 Bodmin Parkway – signing work

Traffic signals from 9pm to 3am (25-26 Nov)


A38 Tamar Bridge – Maintenance works

Eastbound lane closure from 9.30am to 3.30pm (26 Nov)


A38 Dobwalls – Resurfacing

24hr contraflow and 40mph limit for resurfacing (13 Oct – 21 May 2015)


By The Gay UK, Nov 24 2014 06:59PM

Planned roadworks on the M25: Monday 24 November - Sunday 30 November


M1 junction 3, Hertfordshire: Litter clearance

The northbound entry and exit slip roads will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5am, on Monday 24 November. A clearly signed diversion for the entry slip road will be in place via junction 1. A clearly signed diversion for the exit slip road will be in place via junction 5.


M1 junction 6a, Hertfordshire: Signage work

The southbound link road to the M25 anti-clockwise carriageway will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5am, for five nights from Monday 24 November. Work on Friday night will start at 11pm. A clearly signed diversion will be available via the M25.


M3 junction 2, Surrey: Major improvement

The westbound carriageway between the exit and entry slip roads will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 5.30am, for two nights from Monday 24 November. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the M25 anti-clockwise to junction 11.


M3 junctions 2 – 3, Surrey: Major improvement

**The eastbound carriageway will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 5.30am, for two nights from Monday 24 November. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A30 to M25 junction 13.

**The eastbound carriageway will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 6am, on Friday 28 November. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A30 to M25 junction 13.

**The westbound carriageway will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Saturday 29 November. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the M25 junction 13, A30 and A322.


M4 junctions 3 - 1, Greater London: Drainage work

The eastbound carriageway will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5am, for four nights from Monday 24 November. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A4 and the A312.


M11 junction 6, Essex: Major improvement

The southbound link road to the M25 anti-clockwise carriageway will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5.30am, for two nights from Tuesday 25 November. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the M25.


M20 junction 1, Kent: Lighting renewal work

The westbound link road to the anti-clockwise M25 will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5.30am, for four nights from Monday 24 November. A clearly signed diversion route will be in place via the M25 junction 3.


M23 junction 8, Surrey: Retexturing

The southbound exit slip will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5:30am, for five nights from Monday 24 November. Work on Friday night starts at 11pm. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via junction 9.


M25 junction 6, Carriageway sweeping

The clockwise entry and exit slip roads will be closed overnight, between 11pm and 5am, on Friday 28 November. A clearly signed diversion for the entry slip road will be in place via junction 5, the A21 and the A25. A clearly signed diversion for the exit slip road will be in place via junction 8.


M25 junction 12, Surrey: Major improvement

The clockwise and anti-clockwise link roads to the M3 westbound will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Saturday 29 November. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the M3 eastbound to junction 1.


M25 junction 15, Greater London: Bridge joint replacement work

The anti-clockwise carriageway between the exit and entry slip roads will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5am, for five nights from Monday 24 November. Work on Friday night starts at 11pm. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the M4 junction 5.


M25 junction 17, Buckinghamshire : Carriageway resurfacing

The anti-clockwise exit slip road will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5am, for two nights from Monday 24 November. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via junction 16 and the M40 eastbound.


M25 junction 18, Hertfordshire: Litter clearance

The anti-clockwise exit slip road will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5am, on Wednesday 26 November. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via junction 17.


M25 junction 19, Hertfordshire: Carriageway sweeping

The clockwise exit slip road will be closed overnight, between 11pm and 5am, on Friday 28 November. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via junction 20.


M25 junction 20, Hertfordshire: Litter clearance

The clockwise entry and exit slip roads will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5am, on Thursday 27 November. A clearly signed diversion for the entry slip road will be in place via junction 18. A clearly signed diversion for the exit slip road will be in place via junction 21a.


M25 junctions 22 – 23, Hertfordshire: Electrical work

The clockwise carriageway and junction 22 entry slip road will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5am, for four nights from Monday 24 November. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A1081, A414 and M25.


M25 junction 28, Essex: Carriageway resurfacing

The clockwise dedicated link road to the A12 eastbound will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5am, for five nights from Monday 24 November. A clearly signed diversion will be available via junction 28.


M25 junction 31, Essex: Major improvement

The clockwise entry slip will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5.30am, for two nights starting on Monday 24 November and between 10pm and 6am for four nights from Thursday 27 November. Work on Friday will start at 11pm. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via junction 30.


A1(M) junctions 4 – 2, Hatfield Tunnel, Hertfordshire: Tunnel maintenance

The southbound carriageway and slip roads will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5.30am, for two nights from Saturday 29 November. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A1001.


A282 Dartford, Kent: Dart charge construction work

The northbound carriageway, both tunnels and all slip roads between M25 junction 2 and M25 junction 31 will be closed overnight, between 11.30pm and 6am, on Saturday 29 November. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A2, A102 (Blackwall Tunnel) and A13 to M25 junction 30.


The southbound carriageway, QEII Bridge and all slip roads will be closed between junction 30 (A13) and junction 2 (A2) overnight, between 11.30pm and 5.30am, on Sunday 30 November. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A13, A102 (Blackwall Tunnel) and A2 to M25 junction 2.


A282 (M25) Dartford – Thurrock Crossing: Maintenance work

The following closures will be in place, with a fully signed diversion for oversized vehicles for the northbound east tunnel closures. The closure of the QEII Bridge will divert traffic via the eastern bore of the Dartford Tunnel which will be closed to northbound traffic.


Monday 24 November (10pm to 5am): northbound West Tunnel

Tuesday 25 November (10pm to 5.30am): southbound QEII Bridge closure

Wednesday 26 November (10pm to 5am): northbound West Tunnel closure

Thursday 27 November (10pm to 5am): northbound East Tunnel closure

Saturday 29 November (10pm to 6am): northbound East and West Tunnels closures

Sunday 30 November (10pm to 6am): southbound QEII Bridge closure.

The QEII Bridge will have three lanes closed overnight, between 10pm and 5.30am, on Monday 24, Friday 28 and Saturday 29 November. Work on Friday night will be between 11pm and 6am. The southbound plaza will have four charging booths closed between 6am and 10pm for two days starting on Saturday 29 November. This is to remove those booths in readiness for the Dart Charge scheme.


A1089 Tilbury, Essex: Structure maintenance

The carriageway between the Asda roundabout and the Tilbury Docks entrance road will be operating a contraflow system overnight, between 10pm and 5.30am, for five nights from Monday 24 November. Work overnight on Friday will be between 11pm and 6am. Any abnormal loads wishing to pass through the contraflow will be required to pull into the layby either side of the works and call to be escorted.

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