London motorway sunset

Sunset time-lapse of a busy 8 lane highway in England, UK. This is the Surrey stretch of the M25 London Orbital motorway with the camera facing south. Exposure changed during time-lapse so the vehicle lights gradual become a blur as the scene darkens. 17 seconds

London motorway sunset filmstrip

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More about the M25 motorway

The M25 or London Orbital Motorway is a 117-mile (188 km) motorway which almost encircles Greater London, England (with the exception of North Ockendon), in the United Kingdom. A narrower concept was first mooted in the 1960s as part of the plan to build four ring roads around London. A few sections, based on the abandoned London Ringways plan, were constructed in the early 1970s and it was completed in 1986.

It is one of the busiest of the British motorway network: 196,000 vehicles were recorded on a busy day near London Heathrow Airport in 2003 and the western half experienced an average daily flow of 147,000 vehicles in 2007.

Although technically not an entire orbital motorway – a short non-motorway stretch forms the Dartford Crossing (A282) of the River Thames – the M25, at 117 miles (188 km) is Europe’s second longest orbital road after the Berliner Ring, which is 122 miles (196 km).

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