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The (tarmacadam) road to romance

The M6 Toll Road is a boon to all those of us who used to get caught up in the horrendous traffic snarl that was the M5/M6 junction. Smooth fresh road surfaces glide across the Midlands, bypassing all the hassle for a (relatively) small fee.

However, it turns out that the road's surface is made from romantic novels. To be precise, the top layer of the road contains around two and a half million Mills and Boon novels.
Richard Beal, the company's project manager for the M6 Toll, said the books' absorbent qualities made them a vital ingredient in the construction of the country's first pay-as-you-go motorway
There are 45,000 books per mile.

Amazing the things you find out from radio trivia quizzes.

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pling
Aug. 10th, 2005 07:25 am (UTC)
So if the road to hell is paved with good intentions ...
sbisson
Aug. 10th, 2005 07:31 am (UTC)
...the road to Hull is paved with concrete.

(cf. M18 journeys passim)
megadog
Aug. 10th, 2005 09:55 am (UTC)
But why would anyone want to go to Hull?
sbisson
Aug. 10th, 2005 09:57 am (UTC)
Go fish?
moral_vacuum
Aug. 10th, 2005 08:09 am (UTC)
Certainly better than reading them.
marypcb
Aug. 10th, 2005 09:09 am (UTC)
I started quoting random romance one-liners as we drove back down it; Simon very confused ;-)
quercus
Aug. 10th, 2005 09:24 am (UTC)
Didn't Iain Banks invent this idea in his 2nd novel?
lostcarpark
Aug. 10th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)
Used the M6Toll once - when we were running late for a ferry.

We made the ferry, and it was a very smooth ride, so thumbs up for the M6Toll all round.
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