Vanishing of lane

Vanishing of lane

Vanishing of lane

First published in Letters by

THE recent improvements to the Grimston Bar roundabout have provided a delightful extra attraction for travellers going east.

The previous uncertainty regarding separating Bridlington and Hull traffic has been solved by the obvious solution of inviting motorists to use either of the available lanes.

After jostling with the Bridlington traffic, a final delight awaits those taking the Hull exit as the outside lane disappears within 10 metres of leaving the roundabout.

The carefully placed traffic island ensuring that vehicles joining the A1079 enjoy a last thrill as they attempt to merge together without contact.

Well done to all concerned.

Nigel McNally, The Beeches, Pocklington, York.

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1:25pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Mrsburns says...

Absolute nightmare, I very much doubt whoever planned the new lane layout had never actually experienced driving that way out of York. I use that lane to head towards Elvington, it's an accident or 3 waiting to happen.
Absolute nightmare, I very much doubt whoever planned the new lane layout had never actually experienced driving that way out of York. I use that lane to head towards Elvington, it's an accident or 3 waiting to happen. Mrsburns
  • Score: 9

1:43pm Wed 9 Apr 14

BL2 says...

Seen quite a few close misses already. Everyone I've spoken to who has driven on it cannot believe that anyone could come up with such a ridiculous idea!
Seen quite a few close misses already. Everyone I've spoken to who has driven on it cannot believe that anyone could come up with such a ridiculous idea! BL2
  • Score: 10

2:17pm Wed 9 Apr 14

TheTruthHurts says...

The exit from the A166 straight on has been bodged too and is now daft
The exit from the A166 straight on has been bodged too and is now daft TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 9

4:12pm Wed 9 Apr 14

strangebuttrue? says...

Not been round it yet but does it have the effect of causing more congestion? If it does I would think the planners will be thinking - job done!.
Not been round it yet but does it have the effect of causing more congestion? If it does I would think the planners will be thinking - job done!. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: 8

6:43pm Wed 9 Apr 14

The Great Buda says...

If only drivers would read the Highway Code: Merge in Turn.

That kind of merge is used in lots of other places, towns and cities (Manchester has loads of them), and they cope very well. The real damage done to the layout is the swtiching of the Leeds lane where the A166 meets the round-about.

The lefthand lane used to be for the A1079 and A64, whilst the right was also for the A64 (both directions) and Town. Now the left turn is the A1079 only, which seems silly given traffic heading that way can cut through and miss the roundabout just 100m before it.

Whilst on the subject of merge in turn; The A64 is well know for sheep sitting in the inside lane when the outside lane is clear. Use both lanes people, get the traffic moving faster.
If only drivers would read the Highway Code: Merge in Turn. That kind of merge is used in lots of other places, towns and cities (Manchester has loads of them), and they cope very well. The real damage done to the layout is the swtiching of the Leeds lane where the A166 meets the round-about. The lefthand lane used to be for the A1079 and A64, whilst the right was also for the A64 (both directions) and Town. Now the left turn is the A1079 only, which seems silly given traffic heading that way can cut through and miss the roundabout just 100m before it. Whilst on the subject of merge in turn; The A64 is well know for sheep sitting in the inside lane when the outside lane is clear. Use both lanes people, get the traffic moving faster. The Great Buda
  • Score: -6

5:26am Thu 10 Apr 14

Magicman! says...

The Great Buda wrote:
If only drivers would read the Highway Code: Merge in Turn.

That kind of merge is used in lots of other places, towns and cities (Manchester has loads of them), and they cope very well. The real damage done to the layout is the swtiching of the Leeds lane where the A166 meets the round-about.

The lefthand lane used to be for the A1079 and A64, whilst the right was also for the A64 (both directions) and Town. Now the left turn is the A1079 only, which seems silly given traffic heading that way can cut through and miss the roundabout just 100m before it.

Whilst on the subject of merge in turn; The A64 is well know for sheep sitting in the inside lane when the outside lane is clear. Use both lanes people, get the traffic moving faster.
Merge in Turn doesn't seem to work in York... you only have to look at the junction of Paragon Street and Fawcett Street to see that! For some strange reason, traffic from Paragon always forces priority over traffic from the Tower Street and Piccadilly area, even though it's technically a 'merge'.
[quote][p][bold]The Great Buda[/bold] wrote: If only drivers would read the Highway Code: Merge in Turn. That kind of merge is used in lots of other places, towns and cities (Manchester has loads of them), and they cope very well. The real damage done to the layout is the swtiching of the Leeds lane where the A166 meets the round-about. The lefthand lane used to be for the A1079 and A64, whilst the right was also for the A64 (both directions) and Town. Now the left turn is the A1079 only, which seems silly given traffic heading that way can cut through and miss the roundabout just 100m before it. Whilst on the subject of merge in turn; The A64 is well know for sheep sitting in the inside lane when the outside lane is clear. Use both lanes people, get the traffic moving faster.[/p][/quote]Merge in Turn doesn't seem to work in York... you only have to look at the junction of Paragon Street and Fawcett Street to see that! For some strange reason, traffic from Paragon always forces priority over traffic from the Tower Street and Piccadilly area, even though it's technically a 'merge'. Magicman!
  • Score: 5

11:18am Fri 11 Apr 14

greenmonkey says...

Magicman! wrote:
The Great Buda wrote:
If only drivers would read the Highway Code: Merge in Turn.

That kind of merge is used in lots of other places, towns and cities (Manchester has loads of them), and they cope very well. The real damage done to the layout is the swtiching of the Leeds lane where the A166 meets the round-about.

The lefthand lane used to be for the A1079 and A64, whilst the right was also for the A64 (both directions) and Town. Now the left turn is the A1079 only, which seems silly given traffic heading that way can cut through and miss the roundabout just 100m before it.

Whilst on the subject of merge in turn; The A64 is well know for sheep sitting in the inside lane when the outside lane is clear. Use both lanes people, get the traffic moving faster.
Merge in Turn doesn't seem to work in York... you only have to look at the junction of Paragon Street and Fawcett Street to see that! For some strange reason, traffic from Paragon always forces priority over traffic from the Tower Street and Piccadilly area, even though it's technically a 'merge'.
Re Fishergate gyratory
I think this is because there's a signal controlled crossing on the approach from the Barbican so drivers assume right of way having just gone through a green light. Also traffic heading for Kent St or the bus stop obviously needs to wait for a gap in the traffic to cut across the flow. I did suggest that two 'ahead' arrows on the adjacent lanes might encourage drivers to merge rather than wait - it seems only taxi drivers know that you can use the merge option rather than waiting.
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Great Buda[/bold] wrote: If only drivers would read the Highway Code: Merge in Turn. That kind of merge is used in lots of other places, towns and cities (Manchester has loads of them), and they cope very well. The real damage done to the layout is the swtiching of the Leeds lane where the A166 meets the round-about. The lefthand lane used to be for the A1079 and A64, whilst the right was also for the A64 (both directions) and Town. Now the left turn is the A1079 only, which seems silly given traffic heading that way can cut through and miss the roundabout just 100m before it. Whilst on the subject of merge in turn; The A64 is well know for sheep sitting in the inside lane when the outside lane is clear. Use both lanes people, get the traffic moving faster.[/p][/quote]Merge in Turn doesn't seem to work in York... you only have to look at the junction of Paragon Street and Fawcett Street to see that! For some strange reason, traffic from Paragon always forces priority over traffic from the Tower Street and Piccadilly area, even though it's technically a 'merge'.[/p][/quote]Re Fishergate gyratory I think this is because there's a signal controlled crossing on the approach from the Barbican so drivers assume right of way having just gone through a green light. Also traffic heading for Kent St or the bus stop obviously needs to wait for a gap in the traffic to cut across the flow. I did suggest that two 'ahead' arrows on the adjacent lanes might encourage drivers to merge rather than wait - it seems only taxi drivers know that you can use the merge option rather than waiting. greenmonkey
  • Score: 1

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