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Did you know there’s a motorway in the UK that we can almost guarantee you wouldn’t have used?

By Tom Gibson | August 1, 2022


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It’s just 400m long and located in Gloucestershire

Did you know there’s a motorway in the UK that we can almost guarantee you wouldn’t have used?

If you’ve travelled around the country then you may think you’ve used, or at least know of, all of the UK’s motorways.

But not too far from the lush landscapes of the Cotswolds there’s a motorway that’s actually closed to the public.

Located at Fire Service College at Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, the road comes complete with an overhead gantry, a central reservation a refuge phone and some signage.

It was built on the site of a disused airfield and is now used by the emergency services to practice dealing with road traffic accidents and other incidents.

The college says; "The M96 facility is regularly used to train helicopter emergency personnel and newly qualified paramedics, as well as fire and rescue service personnel in multi-agency exercises.

"The motorway has the capacity to run several incidents at one time. It can be used by any agency that works in the road industry and would like to train in a safe realistic way.

"Due to its size, as well as the fact that it is a life size replica of the real thing, emergency service responders can work together or ‘interoperably’ in a safe environment to resolve multi-agency incident without putting themselves at unnecessary risk and without causing any disruption to major road routes."

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