Suburban Sprawl Highways As Historic Tourist Attractions

3739750449_86e3796b18Is this what will become of the highway? The Guardian dissects the bizarre spectacle of sold-out bus tours of outer London’s very bland M25 motorway:

Long in tedium and inescapably circular, the M25 is not so much The Road to Hell, as Chris Rea once sang, but life itself. However, Britain’s least loved motorway was almost beneficent on Monday when viewed from the seats of the first sell-out coach tour of the 117-mile London orbital.

There were several coach tours of the M25 in the 1980s and perhaps it is no coincidence that the 2012 version has proved so popular. The M25 was opened by Margaret Thatcher in 1986 and will endure as a monument to her era far longer than wars or broken unions. A visible symbol of individualism and the triumph of the car, the motorway was widened by the Blair government, building on the Iron Lady’s legacy in every way.

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5 Comments on "Suburban Sprawl Highways As Historic Tourist Attractions"

  1. Jin The Ninja | Mar 22, 2012 at 12:16 am |

     i never understood the joy of ‘the scenic drive.’  if i wanted to see concrete mass and a spare tree every few km, i’d simply stay in the city.

    • Hadrian999 | Mar 22, 2012 at 1:07 am |

      you’ve been doing it in the wrong place

      • Jin The Ninja | Mar 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm |

        to be honest, i haven’t been to the south (US) or the maritimes, so i may be lacking adequate experiences, but i have always liked taking the train in europe, but i am a bit of a train nerd, so…

    • eyeoftheaxis | Mar 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm |

      It reminds me of the Doonesbury cartoon, “Take me with you Mr. Truck driver
      I want to see America too”. I prefer driving over flying when I can, carbon
      footprint aside, some of the most beautiful scenery would be completely missed.
      Think Bush flying over the aftermath of Katrina, it’s not the same as being
      on the ground, talking to people. Plus air travel is not real 420 friendly.
      — But, a one hour bus trip round London with a bunch of senior citizens,
      … I’ll pass on that.

      • Jin The Ninja | Mar 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm |

        i love the speed of the plane in that i get very add, and want to get to the destination NOW, but in terms of it’s comfort level it’s very low. if i go visit family in singa or malaysia- driving is infintely preferable, nothing beats a jaunt to malacca.

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