MSN maps gives impossible directions

An open letter to MSN whinging about impossible directions from MSN maps. 

Hello MSN,

I am writing to give you feedback on this MSN map route:
From:  Bruce St, Ashfield, NSW 2131
To:  Tuckwell Place, MacQuarie Park, NSW 2113

The route of 23 steps that it suggests is extremely amusing, because it is physically impossible in 4 (yes, four) different ways.

Let me count the ways:
 


  • Impossibility # 1: Driving through a concrete barrier.

    1: Turn LEFT (East) onto Ormond St
    2: Turn LEFT (West) onto 4 [Great Western Hwy], then immediately turn RIGHT (North-East) onto Saint Davids Rd

    The "Great Western Highway" is a major arterial road, with a concrete median strip in the middle. You physically cannot just drive straight across it like that. You need to use the traffic lights instead.

    See for yourself with a satellite photo of this intersection.


  • Impossibility # 2: Driving through the end of a cul-de-sac / dead-end-street.

    5: .... then immediately turn RIGHT (North) onto Chelmsford Ave
    6: Turn LEFT (North-West) onto Timbrell Dr

          
    Huh? Chelmsford Ave is a cul-se-sac. That road ends - to quote Gandalf: "You shall not pass!!".

    It is not connected to the intersection (there is a footpath and trees and poles etc at the end of Chelmsford Ave) - so while it could conceivably be physically possible to drive over these, it would certainly be illegal and would probably result in an accident.

    See for yourself with a satellite photo of this intersection.


  • Impossibility # 3: A turn that does not exist.

    19: Turn RIGHT (East) onto Epping Rd
    20: Turn LEFT (North) onto M2 [M2 Motorway]


    How exactly are we supposed to do step 20? There is simply no way to do this. There is no way to "turn right onto Epping road", and then "turn left onto the M2". It is not possible.

    See for yourself with a satellite photo of this intersection.
    Tip: You're coming from the road the bottom of the page, and trying to get onto the large motorway which is partially in Shadow. Ironically, the medium-rise building casting the shadow towards this intersection is actually Microsoft's Australian headquarters, so if you don't believe me that this turn is impossible, just ask them to look out the window for you!

  • Impossibility # 4: Taking a turn-off that does not exist.

    20: Turn LEFT (North) onto M2 [M2 Motorway]
    21: Turn RIGHT (North-East) onto Lane Cove Rd


    Ha - how little you know of Australian toll roads! The M2 is a toll road, and once you're on it, they want to keep you trapped there until you've paid your toll. Therefore, they have helpfully not built any turn-offs that might allow you to escape. Thus, step 21 is also impossible.

    See for yourself with a satellite photo of this intersection.
    Tip: You're coming from the bottom right, and driving on the left-hand-side of the road.


All the best,
Nick.