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The road to hell


Spaghetti Junction was the name given by British journalist Roy Smith to the Gravelly Hill Interchange on the M6 motorway in Birmingham. From above, the jumble of roads looked like a plate of the Italian pasta and the name stuck.

Over in China, the Huangjue Bay Overpass has just been built in the mega-city of Chongqing (see photo). A bewilderingly complex five-storey structure it has 15 exit-and-entry ramps labelled A through to O.

Amazed netizens were quick to ridicule the new interchange when photographs circulated online, with one popularly forwarded comment noting that “If you accidentally took the wrong ramp, it could cost you a whole day touring Chongqing.”

“Chongqing is a city you can enter but never leave,” another claimed.

An official in charge of the project denied that drivers would be stuck on the overpass forever. “Even if you take the wrong way, then you only have to go around one kilometre or even just five or six hundred metres before there is an option to correct the wrong turn,” he assured.

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