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Gravelly Hill Interchange
GRAVELLY HILL INTERCHANGE, better known throughout the UK by its nickname SPAGHETTI JUNCTION , is junction 6 of the M6 motorway
M6 motorway
where it meets the A38(M) Aston Expressway in the Gravelly Hill
Gravelly Hill
area of Birmingham
Birmingham
, England. The interchange was opened on 24 May 1972. CONTENTS * 1 Overview * 2 Co-located junctions * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links OVERVIEWThe interchange's colloquial name "Spaghetti Junction" was coined in 1965 by journalists from the Birmingham
Birmingham
Evening Mail . On 1 June 1965, reporter Roy Smith described plans for the then unbuilt junction as a "cross between a plate of spaghetti and an unsuccessful attempt at a Staffordshire knot ", and a sub-editor headlined the article "Spaghetti Junction"
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Birmingham City University
BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY (abbrev. BCU) is a modern university in the city of Birmingham
Birmingham
, England. Initially established as the Birmingham College of Art with roots dating back to 1843, it was designated as a polytechnic in 1971 and gained university status in 1992. The university has three main campuses serving four faculties, and offers courses in art and design, business, the built environment , computing, education, engineering, English, healthcare, law, the performing arts, social sciences, and technology. A £125 million extension to its campus in the city centre of Birmingham
Birmingham
, part of the Eastside development of a new technology and learning quarter, is opening in two stages, with the first phase having opened its doors in 2013
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Chase Line
The CHASE LINE is a suburban railway line in the West Midlands region of England
England
. It runs from its southern terminus, Birmingham New Street , to Walsall , and then Rugeley in Staffordshire
Staffordshire
, where it joins the Trent Valley Line . The name of the line refers to Cannock Chase which it runs through at its northern end. Part of the line between Birmingham and Walsall has been electrified since the 1960s, work is currently underway to electrify the remaining 15 mile stretch of line between Walsall and Rugeley, which is scheduled for completion by December 2017, with electric trains running from May 2018
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Birmingham Canal Navigations
BIRMINGHAM CANAL NAVIGATIONS (BCN) is a network of canals connecting Birmingham
Birmingham
, Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton
, and the eastern part of the Black Country . The BCN is connected to the rest of the English canal system at several junctions. At its working peak, the BCN contained about 160 miles (257 km) of canals; today just over 100 miles (160 km) are navigable, and the majority of traffic is from tourist and residential narrowboats . CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Levels * 3 The canals of the BCN * 4 Linking canals * 5 Associated features * 6 Engineers * 7 Society * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 External links HISTORY BCN Network (within shaded area) from historical map, 1864 Birmingham
Birmingham
Canal
Canal
Company offices fronting Paradise Street. They backed onto the Old Wharf terminus
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Flyover (overpass)
An OVERPASS (called a FLYOVER in the United Kingdom and some other Commonwealth countries) is a bridge , road , railway or similar structure that crosses over another road or railway. An overpass and underpass together form a grade separation . Stack interchanges are made up of many overpasses. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Highway and road * 3 Pedestrian * 4 Railway * 5 See also * 6 References HISTORY Overpass in Washington, DC The world's first railroad flyover was constructed in 1843 by the London and Croydon Railway at Norwood Junction railway station to carry its atmospheric railway vehicles over the Brighton Main Line . The first flyover in India was opened on 14 April 1965 at Kemps Corner in Mumbai . The 48-foot-long (15 m) bridge was constructed in about seven months by Shirish Patel at a cost of ₹17.5 lakh (equivalent to ₹8.2 crore or US$1.3 million in 2016)
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Secretary Of State For The Environment
The SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT was a UK cabinet position, responsible for the DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT (DoE). This was created by Edward Heath
Edward Heath
as a combination of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government , the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Public Building and Works on 15 October 1970. Thus it managed a mixed portfolio of issues: housing and planning, local government, public buildings, environmental protection and, initially, transport - James Callaghan gave transport its own department again in 1976. It has been asserted that during the Thatcher government the DoE led the drive towards centralism, and the undermining of local government. Particularly, the concept of 'inner cities policy', often involving centrally negotiated public-private partnerships and centrally appointed development corporations , which moved control of many urban areas to the centre, and away from their, often left-wing, local authorities
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Box Girder Bridge
A BOX GIRDER BRIDGE is a bridge in which the main beams comprise girders in the shape of a hollow box. The box girder normally comprises either prestressed concrete , structural steel , or a composite of steel and reinforced concrete . The box is typically rectangular or trapezoidal in cross-section . Box girder bridges are commonly used for highway flyovers and for modern elevated structures of light rail transport. Although normally the box girder bridge is a form of beam bridge , box girders may also be used on cable-stayed bridges and other forms
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Railway
RAIL TRANSPORT is a means of transferring of passengers and goods on wheeled vehicles running on rails, also known as tracks . It is also commonly referred to as train transport. In contrast to road transport , where vehicles run on a prepared flat surface, rail vehicles (rolling stock ) are directionally guided by the tracks on which they run. Tracks usually consist of steel rails, installed on ties (sleepers) and ballast , on which the rolling stock, usually fitted with metal wheels, moves. Other variations are also possible, such as slab track, where the rails are fastened to a concrete foundation resting on a prepared subsurface. Rolling stock
Rolling stock
in a rail transport system generally encounters lower frictional resistance than road vehicles, so passenger and freight cars (carriages and wagons) can be coupled into longer trains
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Grand Union Canal
The GRAND UNION CANAL in England is part of the British canal system . Its main line starts in London and ends in Birmingham
Birmingham
, stretching for 137 miles (220 km) with 166 locks . It has arms to places including Leicester
Leicester
, Slough
Slough
, Aylesbury
Aylesbury
, Wendover
Wendover
and Northampton
Northampton
. The Grand Union Canal
Grand Union Canal
was also the original name for part of what is now part of the Leicester
Leicester
Line of the modern Grand Union: this latter is now generally referred to as the Old Grand Union Canal
Grand Union Canal
to avoid ambiguity
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International Standard Book Number
The INTERNATIONAL STANDARD BOOK NUMBER (ISBN) is a unique numeric commercial book identifier. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation (except reprintings) of a book. For example, an e-book , a paperback and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, and 10 digits long if assigned before 2007. The method of assigning an ISBN is nation-based and varies from country to country, often depending on how large the publishing industry is within a country. The initial ISBN configuration of recognition was generated in 1967 based upon the 9-digit STANDARD BOOK NUMBERING (SBN) created in 1966. The 10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and was published in 1970 as international standard ISO 2108 (the SBN code can be converted to a ten digit ISBN by prefixing it with a zero)
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Special
SPECIAL or SPECIALS may refer to: CONTENTS * 1 Music * 2 Film and television * 3 Other uses * 4 See also MUSIC * Special (album) , a 1992 album by Vesta Williams * "Special" (Garbage song) , 1998 * "Special" (Mew song) , 2005 * "Special" (Stephen Lynch song) , 2000 * The Specials
The Specials
, a British band * "Special", a song by Violent Femmes on The Blind Leading the Naked * "Special", a song on
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Tame Valley Canal
TAME may refer to: * Taming
Taming
, the act of training wild animals * River Tame, Greater Manchester * River Tame, West Midlands and the
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Birmingham And Fazeley Canal
The BIRMINGHAM AND FAZELEY CANAL is a canal of the Birmingham
Birmingham
Canal Navigations in the West Midlands of England. Its purpose was to provide a link between the Coventry Canal and Birmingham
Birmingham
and thereby connect Birmingham
Birmingham
to London via the Oxford Canal
Canal
. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Route * 2.1 Features * 3 Gallery * 4 See also * 5 Bibliography * 5.1 References HISTORYThe story of the Birmingham
Birmingham
and Fazeley begins in 1770, when the Birmingham
Birmingham
Canal
Canal
Company was seen as having a monopoly
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Lord Marsh
RICHARD WILLIAM MARSH, BARON MARSH, PC (14 March 1928 – 29 July 2011) was an English politician and business executive. CONTENTS * 1 Background and early life * 2 Parliamentary and ministerial career * 2.1 Minister of Power * 2.2 Minister of Transport * 3 Chairman of British Rail * 4 Joins Conservatives * 4.1 Peerage * 5 Personal * 6 References * 7 External links BACKGROUND AND EARLY LIFEThe son of William Marsh, a foundry worker from Belvedere in southeast London. His father subsequently worked for the Great Western Railway , and the family moved to Swindon . He was educated at Jennings Street Secondary School, Swindon, Woolwich Polytechnic and Ruskin College , Oxford . He initially worked as an official for the National Union of Public Employees from 1951 to 1959, during which time he sat on the Clerical and Administrative Whitley Council for the National Health Service
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Peter Walker, Baron Walker Of Worcester
PETER EDWARD WALKER, BARON WALKER OF WORCESTER, MBE , PC (25 March 1932 – 23 June 2010) was a British politician . A member of the Conservative Party , he served in the Cabinet as the Environment Secretary (1970–72), Trade and Industry Secretary (1972–74), Agriculture Minister (1979–83), Energy Secretary (1983–87) and Welsh Secretary (1987–90). He was a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the constituency of Worcester from 1961 to 1992. He was made a life peer in 1992. In 1958 he became the youngest to-date National Chairman of the Young Conservatives . Walker was a founder of the Tory Reform Group , and served as Chairman of the Carlton Club . He died in 2010, shortly after his son, Robin Walker , had been elected the Conservative MP for Worcester
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