Hemel Hempstead's Magic Roundabout is one of Britain's scariest roads
By LaraKing | Monday, November 30, 2009, 20:30
One of Britain's scariest roads is just around the corner: the Magic Roundabout in Hemel Hempstead has been named as one of the ten most terrifying junctions in the country.
The Magic Roundabout in Hemel Hempstead, as seen with Google Earth
Also known as The Plough, the junction comprises six mini-roundabouts around a central island, was voted into ninth place in a poll of nerve-wracking roads by Britannia Rescue.
Motorists travelling from Berkhamsted and the surrounding area are forced to negotiate the "who dares wins" roundabout to reach Hemel Hempstead town centre, The Marlowes, Jarman Park and the M1.
Top of the scary junctions league was Birmingham's Spaghetti Junction, with the M8 in Glasgow, Marble Arch in London, Swindon's Magic Roundabout and London's Hanger Lane Gyratory completing the top five.
The M5/M6 intersection in Birmingham came sixth, followed by Piccadilly Circus in London, the Five Ways junction in Birmingham and then Hemel Hempstead's infamous roundabout.
In tenth place was Kingston Bridge in Glasgow.
Britannia Rescue general manager Simon Stevens said: "All drivers have to deal with particularly hairy intersections from time to time.
"But what this research shows is that badly designed and confusing junctions are spoiling the driving experience for many motorists.
"Some will even drive hundreds of miles out of their way every year to avoid difficult junctions. We urge motorists to familiarise themselves with tricky road junctions so that they are better prepared when they have to use one."