Sunday, November 29, 2009

Swindon's Magic Roundabout

In what looks to me like a driver's nightmare: Swindon's Magic Roundabout.

Constructed in 1972, the roundabout consists of five mini-roundabouts arranged in a circle. Its name comes from a popular children's television series The Magic Roundabout. Depending on your BBC survey, it has been voted the fourth or seventh scariest junction in Britain.

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A few weeks ago, Ms. Cartophiliac's friend sent a hilarious YouTube video of the roundabout in action, with a Benny Hill soundtrack. Sadly, it has already been taken down. But below are several more videos to give you a flavor of the experience.

Here is one recommended by Jude (see comments):

And for those of you new to driving through roundabouts, here is a useful instructional video:

And finally, my favorite Roundabout:

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At Sunday, November 29, 2009 , Anonymous Jude said...

The Roundabout Man's YouTube Channel has my favorite Magic Roundabout video because he explains how it works. However, his video is about the one in Hemel Hempstead instead of Swindon.

At Sunday, November 29, 2009 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

Thanks, Jude. I have added your suggested video to the collection.

At Sunday, November 29, 2009 , Blogger aprilstarchild said...

Hah! Thanks for posting the Yes videos--my dad grew up on that album (it came out when he was twelve) and played it a lot when I was very young. I'm thirty now, and it never fails to remind me of being in kindergarten or younger...

As an aside: never sing it karaoke. It goes on for nine minutes, most of which are musical breaks, while you stand there and look kinda dumb. I started telling stories or doing goofy dances.

At Wednesday, December 16, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alssee a GPS drawing of the Magic Roundabout:


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