The Strange Magic Of Swindon's 7-In-1 Roundabout

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    The Strange Magic Of Swindon's 7-In-1 Roundabout

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    One of the last places you'd expect to find a great innovation in road technology is the rural United Kingdom, specifically Swindon. It's a place more commonly known for its art galleries and preserved locomotives. But they do have one of the strangest roundabouts in the world - because it's actually seven of them.

    The way the Magic Roundabout (yes, that's its actual name) works is...unique: traffic can enter and exit from any point, like a regular roundabout, but this one is divided into lanes such that you enter at one roundabout, get slingshotted around a bit, and exit at a completely different one. This allows for multiple paths to be taken through the roundabout while simultaneously ensuring a clean and smooth flow of traffic.

    It's even safer than a normal roundabout too, for one simple reason: traffic moves through it too slowly to actually cause an accident. You'll notice in the video that most of the cars are crawling along, held up while the car in front waits for a chance to enter the desired roundabout. That's certainly one way to reduce accidents.

    Magic Roundabouts like the one in Swindon haven't been constructed in high-density urban areas that could probably use more efficient flows of traffic, but when you think about it, traffic in cities probably doesn't need to get any slower.

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    Comments (35)
    • It's simple give way to the right and look out for the clown in the left

      1 month ago
    • No comprendo

      1 month ago
    • This roundabout is racist.

      1 month ago
    • designed by beaureucrats...

      1 month ago
    • Just see a few cars on it in the clip, no trucks, buses or emegency vehicles. for the size of it and to the speed of moving trafic, it is not really moving more trafic than a standard roundabout. Then the question is, what happens if several emergency vehicles need to travel through in peak times? My guess is, chaoss because has been slowed down so much.

      1 month ago
      • Believe it or not, a fire station is situated on the one of the junctions! Before you say anything, it was there before the magic roundabout was built.
        1 month ago
      • So, the magic roundabout is not more effeciant looking than a standard one, the world has gone roundabout mad, we have some that are so small the don't do anything for trafic control...Read more
        1 month ago
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