Episode 3 A1: Britain's Longest Road


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Documentary series following the people who work on the A1. Traffic police in Scotland respond to an emergency with an overturned car.


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The A1, Britain's longest road.

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Stretching almost 400 miles, from the City of London

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to the heart of the Scottish capital.

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Connecting two nations and passing through 18 counties.

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It's an unrivalled highway,

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used by hundreds of thousands of vehicles every day.

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We're going southbound, down the A1,

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on the northbound carriageway.

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But not all journeys go to plan.

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I thought, am I going to lose my life?

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Cars are coming close. It is the dangerous place to be.

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Lives can hang in the balance.

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The rear end of that vehicle, it's unrecognisable.

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This is actually the bodywork of the car.

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24 hours a day...

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It's not a safe place here.

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..there's a team of people who keep us safe from harm.

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POLICE SIREN

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The police...

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..response teams...

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We don't know whether they've got the road closed... We don't know what's happened.

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..and traffic officers...

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Keep going.

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..keeping Britain's most iconic road...

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-Get out.

-..on the move.

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Substantially damaged flatbed truck in lane two.

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The A1, the monster that it is, will start to return to normal.

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Coming up...

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..traffic police in Scotland...

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-Goodness.

-..deal with a shocking incident.

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This is actually the bodywork of the car that's skidded along the road.

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A battle to get a mammoth machine to the end of the road in London.

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We're going southbound, down the A1,

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on the northbound carriageway.

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And a rear-end collision puts traffic officers at risk

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on the A1 front line.

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Cars are coming close, so it is the dangerous place to be.

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Spanning nearly 400 miles,

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the A1 passes by some of Britain's most recognisable landmarks.

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From Ferrybridge Power Station in West Yorkshire,

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to the bustling metropolis of Newcastle.

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But as the road enters Scotland,

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it cuts through much more barren landscapes,

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where the hills of the Borders meet the wild North Sea.

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Patrolling this isolated section of the road

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near the border with England are PCs Stuart Logan and Davey Johnson.

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This area's rugged beauty is certainly captivating,

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even for those who spend countless hours driving through it.

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Very picturesque down here, too.

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-It is.

-The sea would be a touch chilly, though.

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But it's very nice to look at.

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As night falls, Stuart and Davey's first emergency call comes in.

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POLICE SIREN

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When vehicles career off the road, there's a real threat to life.

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People can be trapped inside with serious injuries.

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And Stuart and Davey fear the car could cause more havoc.

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Our concern will be that a secondary collision could occur.

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People are not anticipating

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a stricken car lying in the middle of a road.

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So it's really imperative that you get there quickly

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in order to make the scene as safe as we can.

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The accident is just off the A1, along a winding,

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unlit section of a rural B-road.

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As they head round the bend, they're greeted by a shocking sight.

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Oh, goodness.

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Somehow, the car has ended up on its side,

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right in the middle of the road.

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Miraculously, the driver has walked away with minor injuries

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and is being treated by paramedics.

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Are you OK? Are you sore?

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-No, I'm not sore, just shaken.

-OK, no problem.

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To prevent another accident,

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Stuart and Davey now need to stop all traffic at the scene.

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There's a car in the middle of the road, so you can't get past.

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-Where are you heading to?

-Hello, yes,

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there's a car in the middle of the road, sir.

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-I'd better go back, then.

-Yes, unfortunately. All right.

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-I'll go and turn round...

-OK, sir. No problem.

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Stuart's pretty sure he knows

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how the car's ended up in such a bizarre position.

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Looking at the scene here, it's clear what's happened -

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that the driver's come round this bend

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that we've just come round here,

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and then obviously then subsequently made contact with the shrubbery

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and the wire fencing.

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And it's obviously just hit the vehicle at an absolute sweet spot,

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which has caused it to overturn.

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I mean, air bags won't deploy unnecessarily.

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But, I mean, obviously, it's had a...quite a heck of a dunt there.

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The car's a total write-off,

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but Stuart's convinced that it saved the driver's life.

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Many years ago, if this had been an old vehicle,

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or something from the '80s,

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the damage would've been inflicted on the actual person's body,

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as opposed to the car absorbing it.

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While the driver's taken away for treatment,

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Stuart must now figure out how to move the rolled-over car

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and get the road reopened.

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Every year, there are over 2,000 separate accidents

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along the A1 between London and Edinburgh.

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One in every seven takes place along a short stretch near Newcastle.

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Today, traffic officers Peter Senior and Scott Wilson...

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-OK, mate?

-Yeah.

-..will patrol a part of this corridor of collisions.

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Charlie, Lima 41, go ahead, over.

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Ironically, an area

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that's watched over by the A1's very own guardian angel.

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There's Rusty Rita, Peter.

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Aye, Rusty Rita, Angel of the North.

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Our role is basically keeping the traffic moving, erm,

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and dealing with absolutely anything that can happen out on the road.

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People keep asking, "What's a typical day?"

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It's a difficult question to answer, because you just never know

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what you're going to be dealing with.

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We've got something in the opposite carriageway.

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The pair quickly head towards the scene.

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It appears this troublesome section of the A1

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has claimed its latest victim.

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Hello. Are you all right?

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-Have you had a little bump, have you?

-Yeah.

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-Have you exchanged your details with the other driver?

-Yeah, these are his details here.

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-Right.

-It's just... You know when you just don't know what to do?

-Yeah.

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Nicole Wall's been left badly shaken

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after a near miss caused her to hit the kerb.

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-You're not injured at all?

-No, no.

-Is the car badly damaged?

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Um, I can't drive, because both those wheels are knackered.

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We'll just hang on, while you make sure you get something sorted, OK?

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With her boyfriend on the way,

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Peter knows there's a limit to what he can do.

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Well, we're not mechanics.

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I mean, as drivers, yes, we do know how to change a wheel,

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but, you know, it's out of our role to do that.

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For Nicole, today's routine journey along the A1 has ended

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with a seriously scary experience.

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It's just upsetting, isn't it?

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So Pete's role is to offer a comforting shoulder to cry on.

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What I'll do, I'll pass your details to our control room,

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they might give you a ring in a while,

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to make sure you're all right and you're getting sorted.

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-Thank you.

-Is there any other concerns before we leave you?

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-No...

-You're all right now, are you?

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-Yeah, I'm better now, yeah.

-OK.

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Take care, OK?

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I think she was just pleased to see somebody

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who could give her a bit of advice and reassurance.

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You know, I think it helped put her at comfort a bit.

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I've been on jobs before, and...

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Big massive bloke is a quivering wreck

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cos he's on the hard shoulder, trying to change a tyre.

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The man could change his wheel, he did it fine,

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but because he was there on his own, he was absolutely petrified.

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For Peter and Scott,

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it's just the start of what promises to be a long and busy shift on this

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dangerous and anything-but-angelic stretch of road.

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As well as commuters, the A1 sees thousands of truckers every day,

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ferrying goods up and down the country.

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Nearly 120 miles south,

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a team is preparing to move a seriously large load

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all the way to the end of the A1 in London.

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In fertile farmland around Goole,

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haulage contractors Ross Knowles and Alan Metheringham

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have an early start.

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Just tell us when the weight's off it, Ross.

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They're preparing their 70-foot-long trailer

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for what's set to be a monster mission.

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This huge pea viner

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is used to harvest more than 6,000 peas per second.

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But today, it's heading to the capital to star

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in the Lord Mayor's Show.

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It's a 21st-century machine in an 800-year-old procession.

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Russell will tell you which way to go,

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but just keep it nice and steady.

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But its sheer size

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means getting it there isn't going to be easy-peasy

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for Ross and Alan.

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Well, it's four metres wide and the trailer will be about 60 feet long

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when it's...extended.

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And it, er...

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weighs, I think, 27 tonne.

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That's about it, like.

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-Hopefully, it'll all go well.

-HE LAUGHS NERVOUSLY

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This massive machine is actually so wide,

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that the team need to extend the width of their trailer

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just to fit it on.

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CONTINUOUS BEEPING

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INDISTINCT SPEECH

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Straight back now.

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Not too much.

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Whoa, whoa. Whoa, go back.

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Going OK, that was just a bit of a hiccup.

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HE WHEEZES AND LAUGHS

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-Hiccups over...

-Steady.

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-Whoa.

-That's it, whoa.

-..it's finally on board.

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The whole load is 12 metres long,

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four wide, and weighs a tarmac-crushing 65 tonnes.

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This isn't going to be a quick journey.

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The biggest trouble with these is that trees and that on the side of the roads,

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the pea viner costs about 300 grand,

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so the farmers don't want 'em scratching,

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which you can understand, can't you?

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Alan eventually gets the massive pea viner to the A1.

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But he's still got 260 miles

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until he reaches his destination at the Great North Road starting point,

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near St Paul's Cathedral in the heart of London.

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Watching his back over this mission is Ross.

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Transport anything like this,

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you've just got to be aware of everything all the time.

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Just keep your eyes open well in front

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and in your mirrors all the time.

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You've got to be constantly aware of the bridges.

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On roads like this, where it's slightly narrower,

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you straddle the two lanes, to make sure nothing tries to get past.

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Cars try to squeeze past all the time, but they can't.

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-There's just not enough room.

-HE WHEEZES AND LAUGHS

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Ironically, it's not Alan who's slowing motorists down today.

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30-minute delay.

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Can do without that, can't we?

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It's nice to know it's not us causing the traffic,

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and that people behind will be looking and thinking,

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"I can see a big load up there" -

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and they'll be blaming us anyway!

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Alan has nearly 40 years' experience of travelling up and down the A1,

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so as a veteran of the odd traffic jam, he's come well-prepared.

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That's the fridge,

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with all my bits and pieces in.

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The other cupboard over...

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Like a stove,

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and that in that one, and under the bed,

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when you lift the bed up, I have tinned food and emergency supplies.

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I'm self-sufficient for a week, if I want to be, with no problem, like.

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I've been held up in the snow...

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..two days on the side of the road and no bother at all.

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With lunchtime looming and traffic going nowhere fast,

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Alan's meals on wheels might come in handy.

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For travellers who prefer to park up rather than eat pack-ups,

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then refreshments are never too far away on this road.

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Places such as the A1's Stadium Diner near Grantham

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attracts more than 200 truckers a day.

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They flock there for home-made classics,

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generous portions and service with a smile.

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Thanks for that.

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Margaret and Albert White

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have made their fortune keeping A1 truckers trucking.

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Yeah, we have steak pie, mince and onion pie,

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chicken and mushroom, cottage pie, chilli, lasagne.

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And with her personally designed menu,

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it's Margaret's way or the highway.

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They're not allowed to do anything different.

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If they do anything different, they get told off, don't you, Mary?

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To ensure her loyal customers don't decide to drive on by,

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Margaret knows standards have to be kept high.

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Oh, no. They're not cooked enough. Nowhere near.

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Nicola. They want putting back on, they're as hard as rock.

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-Oh...

-Can't saute them.

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But the diner is just one part of their empire.

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With parking space for 200-300 lorries,

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and a massive refilling station,

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Albert's gone from a humble trucker to a successful businessman.

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The business is growing from when we first took the truck stop.

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Margaret was probably doing 200 or 300 eggs a week.

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She's now got to 3,000 eggs,

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so that just gives you a size of the cafe itself,

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the diner and how much that's grown.

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We was probably doing 20, 30 lorries a night, parking up.

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We're now to 200-plus a night.

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We're just busier and busier.

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I think what they say is from a little acorn grows an oak tree,

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or something like that.

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So this is our oak tree now, I think. That's... Yeah.

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At 68,

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Albert's still looking for ways to pull in the pounds

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from the nearby A1.

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He's recently shelled out over 120 grand

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on a state-of-the-art truck wash.

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We've always wanted one of these. I've always wanted one.

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So, er, it's quite nice to say I've got as good a truck wash

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as anybody else has got.

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And, yes, it's pleasing to see it working.

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Yeah.

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It's even more pleasing when there's three lorries behind it

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waiting to be washed, but we can't have everything.

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Not this weather.

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Back on the A1,

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Alan has squeezed his wide load through the traffic jam

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and at 3:30 in the afternoon,

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he's made it to Albert's place for a very late lunch.

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-Hello, are you all right?

-Yes, thanks.

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Two teas and two omelette and chips, please.

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How are we doing?

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Murder on the roads today, isn't it, from what I can gather?

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-Yeah.

-Yeah, shocking.

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There's a bad accident just up the road there.

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-Yeah.

-It's a load of potatoes.

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-Potatoes.

-THEY LAUGH

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That would've made some chips, wouldn't it?

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LAUGHTER

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From congestion-causing King Edwards,

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to a date with the Lord Mayor of London.

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Alan's back on the road,

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heading towards the bright lights of the capital,

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where in just a few hours' time,

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he'll face a battle to get his massive pea viner

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to the start of the A1, near St Paul's Cathedral.

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From Britain's busiest city to the Scottish Borders,

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where the quieter section of the A1 still throws up challenges

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for local traffic police.

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PC Stuart Logan and Davey Johnson

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are still dealing with a serious crash just off the dual carriageway.

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This is actually the bodywork of the car that skidded along the road.

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-Probably be the door handle and the mirror.

-Yeah.

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The driver's lost control on a bend and spun the car onto its side.

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I can only assume that she's climbed out through this open window,

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erm, because the door -

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it would be quite a significant weight to push that door up

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to get out.

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Miraculously, she's escaped with minor injuries.

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With the pick-up truck now here,

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Stuart and Davey can move the car off the road.

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You attach the chains to the top side of it,

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pull it down onto its wheels,

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and then it'll be winched onto the back of the truck.

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It took a dramatic chain of events for the car

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to end up in this position.

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Getting it back on four wheels isn't for the faint-hearted, either.

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It's only now that Stuart and Davey

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can see the full impact the car's absorbed.

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You can see the fuel rim's completely sheared.

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And Stuart knows the driver's lucky to be alive.

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It's down to luck whether another vehicle

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came round the bend, or didn't,

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and subsequently caused a secondary collision.

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But I think this just comes as a stark reminder to us all

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that you are very, very vulnerable on the roads.

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For the officers, it's back to the A1.

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Davey's been patrolling this patch for over two decades,

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and over the years,

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he's seen a common theme emerge when it comes to crashes.

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Most of the accidents I've attended haven't been down to speed,

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it's been down to driver error.

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At this time of year, you know, the roads are really slippery,

0:19:590:20:04

but because it's not frosty,

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people think that it's OK just to drive as you did in the summer.

0:20:070:20:10

Then you come to, er, say...

0:20:100:20:12

you know, a tight bend on a country road

0:20:120:20:15

and you go to turn on it and the road surface is slippy,

0:20:150:20:19

and rather than go round a corner,

0:20:190:20:20

you just end up going straight on, as perhaps what happened tonight.

0:20:200:20:24

Thankfully, this remote stretch of the A1 in the Borders

0:20:270:20:30

remains quiet throughout the rest of their shift.

0:20:300:20:33

But as Stuart heads back to the station,

0:20:350:20:37

he spots something he can't ignore.

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I've just noticed that there's, er,

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there's an abnormal load escort

0:20:430:20:45

on the opposing carriageway on the A1

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and I heard on the radio that they've suffered a blow-out.

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It's 11pm -

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and Stuart is unlikely to be heading home any time soon.

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Around 70 miles south, on the outskirts of Newcastle,

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lies a stretch of the A1 where there were nearly 300 accidents last year.

0:21:120:21:17

Traffic officers Pete and Scott

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are on night patrol along this most troublesome section.

0:21:220:21:25

Alpha, Charlie, Lima 41.

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It's rush-hour, and with traffic at its peak,

0:21:320:21:34

the pair are expecting problems.

0:21:340:21:36

Something stationary on the other carriageway.

0:21:370:21:40

Is it an RTC or a breakdown?

0:21:400:21:42

-INDISTINCT RADIO VOICE

-Breakdown.

-Breakdown, I think.

0:21:420:21:45

Police are already on the scene,

0:21:450:21:47

but Peter and Scott need to double back and take over the job.

0:21:470:21:50

However, it's soon clear this simple breakdown

0:21:510:21:54

is more hazardous than they first expected.

0:21:540:21:57

You can see that officer, he's half on the verge,

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but half into the running lane.

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Now, that could encourage traffic to try and pass,

0:22:040:22:07

so we've positioned our vehicle fully into lane one,

0:22:070:22:10

where we'll take control of the traffic behind.

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With vehicles speeding around the bend at 70 mph,

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they need to make the scene safe by warning oncoming traffic.

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I've put in a 100-metre taper of cones and directional arrows -

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and already, you can see how traffic's

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now filtering out into the outer lanes.

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Scott's just put a line of cones down past the incident.

0:22:350:22:38

The idea of that, it means when vehicles get past us,

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they're not likely to just try and jump back in,

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which, again, could be dangerous.

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It turns out the white car

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has actually been involved in an accident,

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leaving driver Misha Patterson stranded for an hour.

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The A1 was at a standstill.

0:22:570:22:59

I was stationary, cos there was someone in front

0:22:590:23:01

trying to get in, on to the A1 and she just smashed in the back.

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A bit shook up.

0:23:070:23:08

Have you got recovery on the way?

0:23:080:23:10

How long are they going to be?

0:23:100:23:12

Right. What we'll do is... It's a bit dangerous.

0:23:140:23:17

What we'll probably do is we'll get recovery sorted for you,

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with it being so close to the live running lane.

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If they come before then, that's fair enough,

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but we'll just get the ball rolling. All right?

0:23:250:23:28

With traffic hurtling past the scene,

0:23:290:23:32

Scott knows that the risk of a second crash is high.

0:23:320:23:35

Some people might not see that and then come and maybe clip it,

0:23:360:23:40

or panic when they do see it and then swerve out.

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It is... It is a safety risk.

0:23:420:23:44

The cordon adds a full element, that they won't see anything.

0:23:470:23:50

Even when we came down the slip, and we knew where it was,

0:23:500:23:53

we couldn't see it until we were right on it.

0:23:530:23:55

Even with a safety cordon in place,

0:23:570:23:59

approaching vehicles are struggling to move out of the lane in time.

0:23:590:24:03

Cars are coming close and they're going past quite quick, as well,

0:24:030:24:06

so it is the dangerous place to be.

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And all it takes is for one driver to misjudge the situation

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to cause further chaos.

0:24:150:24:17

I mean, Peter's extended our taper but, as you can still see,

0:24:220:24:25

cars are still coming up on to our taper of cones and not seeing it.

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The result, another minor bump to deal with -

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and the drivers aren't happy.

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Because nothing can be planned out because it's not planned works,

0:24:410:24:44

there's been another crash in front of our closure.

0:24:440:24:47

There's adequate signage and cones out to filter traffic out...

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With his warning lights flashing

0:24:510:24:52

and the cordon as long as he can make it,

0:24:520:24:55

Peter has done everything he possibly can.

0:24:550:24:58

It appears this van's been travelling down

0:24:580:25:01

on the southbound carriageway towards our closure.

0:25:010:25:04

Just prior to the closure,

0:25:040:25:05

the van slowed down, and for whatever reason,

0:25:050:25:08

the car behind hasn't, and it's bumped the back of the van.

0:25:080:25:11

So it's a minor collision.

0:25:110:25:13

Nobody's injured. The drivers will just have to exchange details now.

0:25:130:25:17

Further up the road, Misha's car is finally being picked up -

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and she's left cursing her luck.

0:25:230:25:26

You can't make some days up, can you?

0:25:270:25:29

As awful as it sounds, it's only a piece of metal.

0:25:410:25:44

At least that can be fixed. As long as you're all right, you know what I mean?

0:25:440:25:47

For Peter and Scott, a seemingly simple job

0:25:490:25:51

has turned into something much more complicated.

0:25:510:25:54

The driver of the Porsche was the one who was upset,

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even though he was the one who drove straight into the back of the van.

0:26:040:26:08

I mean, what he was trying to say is, why didn't we take our closure

0:26:080:26:13

right back to the prior roundabout,

0:26:130:26:14

which was approximately a quarter of a mile away?

0:26:140:26:17

So I did explain to him that due to the size of our vehicle,

0:26:170:26:22

we don't carry enough equipment to put a closure on going so far back.

0:26:220:26:26

Sometimes, credit's hard to come by.

0:26:280:26:30

At least for Peter and Scott,

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it's the end of what's been a hectic shift.

0:26:320:26:34

260 miles south, on the outskirts of London,

0:26:390:26:42

an experienced trucker is hoping his day will be a much quieter one.

0:26:420:26:46

It's almost five in the morning and, at South Mimms services,

0:26:490:26:52

Alan Metheringham and his pea viner

0:26:520:26:54

have a big day in store at the Lord Mayor's Show in London.

0:26:540:26:57

I just check the chains are all tight,

0:26:570:27:00

clean the lights, make sure the marker boards are clean.

0:27:000:27:03

Just make sure everything's secure, basically.

0:27:030:27:06

Nothing's loose, nothing's moved.

0:27:060:27:08

To move this 29-tonne pea harvester in to Britain's busiest city,

0:27:100:27:14

he'll need eyes in the back of his head.

0:27:140:27:17

So Alan's teaming up with a specialist escort crew

0:27:180:27:21

to guide him to his destination.

0:27:210:27:23

-We all ready?

-Yeah.

-Righto, when you are.

0:27:230:27:26

-Channel 15.

-Channel 15... Yeah.

0:27:260:27:28

Righto. Cheers, then.

0:27:280:27:30

Setting off early has paid dividends.

0:27:360:27:39

They've beaten the traffic

0:27:390:27:40

and it's plain sailing all the way into central London.

0:27:400:27:44

But to get the pea viner to the end of the A1 by St Paul's,

0:27:480:27:51

they'll need some extra help.

0:27:510:27:53

For the final stretch,

0:27:590:28:00

they're being escorted by the Metropolitan Police,

0:28:000:28:03

down the wrong side of the road.

0:28:030:28:05

We're going southbound, down the A1,

0:28:070:28:09

on the northbound carriageway.

0:28:090:28:11

The police have closed the road off,

0:28:110:28:13

with the escort van in front and a police escort, as well.

0:28:130:28:16

With Alan skilfully weaving his way through the city streets,

0:28:200:28:24

he's only one more bend to negotiate.

0:28:240:28:27

Just watch the back again, Jeff.

0:28:270:28:29

'You've got loads of room. Fine, keep going. No problem.

0:28:290:28:33

'Yeah.

0:28:330:28:34

'OK, you're out.'

0:28:340:28:35

And, after 260 miles, they've made it.

0:28:360:28:40

St Paul's Cathedral is just in front of us.

0:28:420:28:44

This is where we park.

0:28:440:28:46

-Job done.

-HE WHEEZES AND LAUGHS

0:28:480:28:50

Despite the shocking weather,

0:28:520:28:54

hundreds of thousands of people are pouring into central London

0:28:540:28:57

for the 801st Lord Mayor's Show.

0:28:570:29:00

The pea viner is certainly turning plenty of heads,

0:29:020:29:05

and taking the wheel is vehicle engineer Gary Creaser.

0:29:050:29:08

Not only has he got to manoeuvre it off its trailer,

0:29:100:29:13

he'll be driving it through the streets of London

0:29:130:29:16

alongside company director Andrew Raith.

0:29:160:29:19

Gary's the operations manager.

0:29:190:29:20

He's the... He keeps these things actually running.

0:29:200:29:23

He knows how to drive it far better than I do, yeah.

0:29:230:29:27

Their mission is to champion the humble British pea,

0:29:290:29:33

and with the machine fully decked out,

0:29:330:29:35

and the marching peas poised,

0:29:350:29:37

they're determined not to let it rain on their parade.

0:29:370:29:40

But it's going to be a tight-run thing.

0:29:410:29:43

I'm sure we'll squeeze through.

0:29:440:29:46

Something like this has enough power to squeeze through anything.

0:29:460:29:49

Yeah, as long as you don't hit anybody, we're fine, Gary.

0:29:490:29:51

We're fine.

0:29:510:29:53

It's very rare that you follow a flying pig, though.

0:29:550:29:58

THEY LAUGH

0:29:580:29:59

The sound of this parade has been ringing out across the streets

0:30:040:30:07

of central London since it was started over 800 years ago.

0:30:070:30:11

Back then, for those heading out of the capital on the Great North Road,

0:30:150:30:18

the medieval town of Grantham would have been a popular stopping-off

0:30:180:30:21

point for a bite to eat.

0:30:210:30:23

Nowadays, it's the A1 Stadium Diner that's on hand to fill the bellies

0:30:270:30:32

of today's travellers and truckers.

0:30:320:30:34

It's 6.30 in the morning and the catering team are clocking on for

0:30:360:30:40

another busy breakfast shift.

0:30:400:30:42

-Morning.

-Morning.

0:30:440:30:45

But along with the usual lumbering juggernauts,

0:30:470:30:50

owner Albert's getting his forecourt ready for some special guests with a

0:30:500:30:54

taste for speed.

0:30:540:30:55

About ten Lamborghinis coming up for breakfast.

0:30:570:31:00

So I'm just putting the signs there

0:31:000:31:02

so they can park in front of the caff.

0:31:020:31:04

I think they're touring Lincolnshire today and then I believe they're

0:31:050:31:09

going to an airfield to do a bit of driving around bollards

0:31:090:31:14

and everything like that.

0:31:140:31:16

I think I'm a bit too old to get in and out of a Lamborghini, nowadays.

0:31:170:31:21

They're a younger man's car, or probably somebody that's a lot

0:31:210:31:25

slimmer than me, anyway, to get in and out of.

0:31:250:31:28

Albert's keen to give these supercar drivers a speedy service.

0:31:300:31:34

-Morning, girls.

-Morning.

0:31:340:31:36

How are we doing?

0:31:360:31:37

So it's all hands to the pump - or, in Emma's case,

0:31:380:31:41

the industrial tin opener.

0:31:410:31:42

I'm just preparing the tomatoes.

0:31:440:31:47

We do this every day.

0:31:470:31:49

We have to do eight tomatoes,

0:31:490:31:52

eight beans and we normally do a few extra beans,

0:31:520:31:55

because we get through them quite a lot in the afternoon.

0:31:550:31:57

You'd be surprised how much we get through.

0:31:570:31:59

Most of these will be gone, at latest, tomorrow morning.

0:31:590:32:03

So, again, one of us will be out here doing it again.

0:32:030:32:07

While Emma's up to her elbows in tomatoes...

0:32:090:32:12

..the hungry petrol heads are pulling in for their pit stop.

0:32:130:32:16

I, to be honest, am not a car person,

0:32:160:32:19

but they are gorgeous-looking.

0:32:190:32:21

I don't think... Even if I saved all my wages for the rest of my life,

0:32:220:32:25

I don't think I could get one.

0:32:250:32:27

With almost £2 million worth of Huracans and Aventadors

0:32:300:32:33

cruising onto the forecourt, it's quite a sight for Albert.

0:32:330:32:37

First time we've had ten Lamborghinis.

0:32:410:32:43

Yeah.

0:32:430:32:44

The lorry drivers probably won't be too happy if they have to queue up

0:32:450:32:48

for their breakfast.

0:32:480:32:49

Inside, the griddle's already stacked.

0:32:510:32:53

Come on in, lads.

0:32:540:32:56

And, dressed in her Sunday best,

0:32:560:32:58

Margaret's on hand to make sure her VIP customers get a proper feed.

0:32:580:33:02

But with a dizzying array of meals on offer,

0:33:030:33:05

the drivers seem spoiled for choice.

0:33:050:33:08

You've got to eat, boys, because I want to save up

0:33:100:33:12

for one of these cars. So you have to spend your money.

0:33:120:33:16

After the hard sell,

0:33:160:33:17

these trucker-sized breakfasts are soon flying out.

0:33:170:33:21

But Margaret's more interested in wheels than meals.

0:33:220:33:26

I've had a few sports cars in my day, but nothing like this.

0:33:260:33:29

Wow. Have they locked them?

0:33:290:33:32

I bet they have.

0:33:320:33:34

Better not touch it in case the alarm goes off!

0:33:340:33:36

I think we could still drive one of these, couldn't we, Margaret?

0:33:370:33:40

I think so, yeah.

0:33:400:33:41

One of the guys said, "You can, you're never too old."

0:33:410:33:44

-Get a cushion.

-Yeah.

0:33:440:33:47

Inside, the Lambo-lovers can't get enough of the food.

0:33:470:33:50

But even with her regulars having to wait their turn,

0:33:510:33:54

Margaret's not budging from her mantra.

0:33:540:33:56

We don't serve fast food, we serve good food as fast as we can.

0:33:560:33:59

That's my motto.

0:34:010:34:03

The breakfasts are really good today and hopefully it'll settle

0:34:070:34:10

everybody's stomach before we start driving very quickly.

0:34:100:34:13

I think it's great, but it might actually reappear

0:34:130:34:17

when we get on the runway.

0:34:170:34:18

They've had their full English and, as they leave,

0:34:180:34:21

there's just room for a doughnut.

0:34:210:34:24

For Margaret, it's been a perfect pit stop.

0:34:320:34:36

PLATE SMASHES

0:34:360:34:38

-Well, almost.

-That's your bonus gone, girl.

0:34:380:34:40

These Lambos will soon be thundering around at some ridiculous speeds.

0:34:440:34:48

But up in Scotland,

0:34:490:34:51

another vehicle with massive horsepower isn't going anywhere.

0:34:510:34:54

-Hello, hello.

-How are you doing, all right?

-Not bad, thank you.

0:34:590:35:02

Traffic officer PC Stuart Logan should have clocked off by now, but

0:35:020:35:05

faced with a stranded truck carrying a 35-tonne wind turbine part,

0:35:050:35:10

he is now heading for a late one.

0:35:100:35:12

Which one is it that's blown out?

0:35:120:35:14

-The back inner one.

-Oh, inside one there. I see that. Yeah.

0:35:140:35:17

It's that one that's gone.

0:35:170:35:18

You can see how much an effect it's having on this outer tyre,

0:35:180:35:21

because the tyre on the inside was blown out,

0:35:210:35:24

so that tyre's got no air in it.

0:35:240:35:26

So now all the weight is now going through this one outer tyre.

0:35:260:35:31

The transporter was halfway through a 70-mile trip from Grangemouth to

0:35:310:35:35

Berwick when driver Chris Leonard realised he had a problem.

0:35:350:35:39

Well, I was driving up there and it were a right bang.

0:35:400:35:43

You can normally tell if it's you.

0:35:430:35:46

It goes like a gunshot going off.

0:35:460:35:49

So, yeah, could've done without this.

0:35:500:35:53

On this section of the A1, there's no hard shoulder.

0:35:560:35:59

Even though the load is well lit,

0:36:000:36:02

Stuart wants to shed more light onto the scene to divert vehicles around

0:36:020:36:06

the stricken lorry.

0:36:060:36:08

It's definitely not a job for the faint-hearted.

0:36:120:36:14

That's a perfect example of drivers just simply not looking where

0:36:190:36:23

they're going. You can see how blatantly obvious this is here.

0:36:230:36:29

And, yet, look at how close these cars come before they even bother

0:36:290:36:34

moving out in the outside lane.

0:36:340:36:36

Get out!

0:36:400:36:42

This is visible to these people

0:36:470:36:49

and they just don't take any notice of it.

0:36:490:36:53

And they come so, so close to us.

0:36:530:36:56

But, unfortunately, this is the risks that we face in dealing with

0:36:590:37:03

incidents on the fast road network.

0:37:030:37:06

Thankfully, Stewart will soon be out of harm's way.

0:37:070:37:10

The recovery team is on scene and Stuart's doing everything he can to

0:37:130:37:17

make this a quick tyre change.

0:37:170:37:20

I'm just giving him a hand so he can see what he's doing.

0:37:200:37:22

It's obviously pretty dark under there.

0:37:220:37:25

He needs to see, make sure the jack's lined up properly.

0:37:250:37:29

30 tonnes would be the complete weight of it,

0:37:290:37:32

so it's a fair old weight.

0:37:320:37:34

More than what your average trolley jack

0:37:340:37:35

would be able to manage, anyway.

0:37:350:37:37

Incredibly, this tiny hydraulic jack is soon supporting the back-end of

0:37:380:37:42

the load.

0:37:420:37:44

Then it's on with the heavyweight tyre swap.

0:37:440:37:46

A pneumatic wrench makes quick work of the wheel nuts,

0:37:480:37:52

but the hardest job of all is getting the new tyre on and,

0:37:520:37:55

for this, only two crowbars will do.

0:37:550:37:58

He's nearly there, I think. It's a tough old beast, eh?

0:38:000:38:03

There's just no give in it. That's the problem, eh?

0:38:030:38:05

There we are. That's it on.

0:38:090:38:10

The whole thing's taken just over ten minutes and soon

0:38:140:38:18

they'll be on their way.

0:38:180:38:19

Get done and bed.

0:38:220:38:24

Busy day.

0:38:250:38:27

-Fingers crossed we don't have another one.

-I know, aye, keep safe.

0:38:290:38:32

This lengthy load can now head off to become part of a 115-metre wind

0:38:360:38:41

turbine, which will tower above the Berwickshire countryside.

0:38:410:38:44

Well, that's it all away.

0:38:460:38:48

The other officers have come back, escorted it down the road,

0:38:480:38:51

so just gathered up all our equipment and we can go home.

0:38:510:38:55

It's a shift that's lasted from two in the afternoon to almost two in

0:38:570:39:01

the morning, and even for an A1 patrol officer,

0:39:010:39:05

it's been a long day.

0:39:050:39:06

As one wide load heads on its way a little later than planned,

0:39:120:39:16

at the other end of the A1,

0:39:160:39:17

another massive machine is getting ready for its big moment.

0:39:170:39:20

At the Lord Mayor's Show in central London,

0:39:240:39:27

it's crunch time for the pea viner.

0:39:270:39:29

-Ready to rock.

-Gary Creaser and Andrew Raith are flying the flag for

0:39:290:39:33

British pea farmers...

0:39:330:39:34

..by steering their huge 29-tonne machine through the narrow streets

0:39:360:39:40

of the capital.

0:39:400:39:42

Remember, no overtaking, Gary.

0:39:420:39:45

-They never said that.

-I'm sure they I did.

0:39:450:39:48

I don't remember them saying it.

0:39:480:39:50

Flanked by marching peas,

0:39:540:39:57

they're on their way to join the main procession.

0:39:570:39:59

From the military to charity fundraisers,

0:40:010:40:03

they're amongst 7,000 who are parading for the Lord Mayor.

0:40:030:40:07

And, as their pea viner thunders down Fleet Street...

0:40:110:40:14

LAUGHTER

0:40:140:40:15

..it's really catching people's eye.

0:40:150:40:17

They're all looking, thinking, "What is it? What is it?"

0:40:170:40:21

It's big, it's red, it's shiny, but what the hell is it?

0:40:210:40:23

It's a strange experience to be driving a viner heading towards the

0:40:260:40:31

Royal Courts of Justice and what have you.

0:40:310:40:33

I've walked down this street many times.

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I never expected to be driving a pea viner down it.

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It's one way to see London, anyway.

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With hundreds of thousands of people coming out to cheer the procession

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on, it's a fantastic stage for Gary

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and Andrew to promote their produce...

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We should have just had some bags of frozen peas with others.

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We could've thrown them out the window.

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..which goes far beyond the humble pea.

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It is about great British food

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and to put a pea viner on the streets of London,

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if that helps in any way to sort of promote British food and farming,

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then great. It's good to be part of it.

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But the city streets were never designed for monster machines like

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this and the pea viner can simply go no further.

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-They're taking us off the course.

-Follow that fella, there.

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With their part in the parade over, Gary and Andrew find a convenient

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spot to park up and watch the rest of the historic parade.

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-Absolute masterstroke to park that there.

-Eh?

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You just cannot believe that that there...

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Amazing. Amazing.

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For these two peas in a pod,

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there's only one other vehicle that could upstage their viner today -

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the magnificent Lord Mayor's state coach.

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It's not something you see every day.

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With the parade marching off into the distance,

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it's over to lorry driver Alan Metheringham to reload and repeat

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the journey back up the A1...

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..leaving Andrew to reflect on an amazing day out.

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It couldn't have gone any better, really.

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Very smooth. Yeah, it's been good fun, enjoyed it.

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If we can just get it out of London now,

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everything's gone off really well.

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Thankfully for Andrew, his precious pea viner

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made its way safely up the A1,

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so it was easy-peasy, after all.

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Nicole's boyfriend came to the rescue and she's hoping she'll never

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get stranded on the A1 again.

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And Margaret's still hoping that bacon and eggs will one day

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land her her Lambo.

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Next time...

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A countryside crash leaves a biker fighting for his life...

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You're always thinking the worst with a motorcycle accident.

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..traffic officers come face-to-face with a lorry driver

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flouting the law...

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You can't stop on a hard shoulder of a motorway.

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I'm going to break the law, then.

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..and there's an unexpected truck stop for one deflated driver.

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In to the full. So we won't be going anywhere for a while.

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Traffic police in Scotland respond to an emergency with an overturned car. Tempers boil over after a double crash at rush hour, and there is a battle to move a mammoth machine to the end of the road in London for an appointment at the Lord Mayor's Show.


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