BBC: "M25: 10 ways it has changed lives"
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"The M25 is celebrating its 25th birthday. The 117-mile (188km) road that orbits London has changed life in the UK in many ways, says Radio 2's traffic news announcer Sally Boazman.
"Labelled by many as the 'UK's biggest car park', the M25 got many questioning our relationship with the car. Soon after it opened, traffic levels were exceeding maximum designed capacity. Several widening schemes have been announced over the years, sparking public inquiry after public inquiry. Some were carried out and others successfully challenged by protesters. 'Its like digging a ditch in a bog, it always fills up,' says Stephen Joseph, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport.