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Report - Transport Research Laboratory - Crowthorne - June 2013

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Transport Research Laboratory Crowthorne: Impact Test Facility and Test Track​

TRL was originally established in 1933 by the UK Government as the Road Research Laboratory (RRL) under the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, and later became the Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL).

During the Second World War the Laboratory contributed to the war effort. Among its contributions, under William Glanville, were research that aided the development of plastic armour, the bouncing bomb and the Disney bomb.In the 1970s, the TRRL moved from the Department of Trade and Industry to the Department of the Environment.

At the TRRL, Frank Blackamore developed the mini-roundabout which was adopted in 1975. It became an executive agency of the UK Department for Transport in 1992 and changed its name to Transport Research Laboratory (TRL). It was privatised in 1996, though plans were criticized at the time.

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3 TRL test a lot of Anti Terrorism Barriers

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8 There were originally four observation towers, they have been removed as they are too dangerous to climb :banghead

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14 Anti Terrorism Fencing

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15 The present Track Control Office

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16 Old Track Control Office

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17 The main straight

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19 Banked Bend

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23 This is the underground laboratory

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25 This glass viewing panel could be set into the road

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26 It would be located here

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27 Steel plate now replaces the glass viewing panel

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28 This is a 'Dutch Roundabout' being trialled, basically it has dedicated cycle lanes which are separated from the vehicle lanes

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29 Small Road System, consisting of various junctions, slopes, traffic lights etc

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30 Traffic lights for cyclists are also being trialled

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