Poynton Pool Traffic Police

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Clarky
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Poynton Pool Traffic Police

Postby Clarky » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:24 pm

So where do the good motorists of Poynton stand on the self appointed Poynton Pool Traffic Police? I am of course referring to those drivers of cars, vans and HGV’s who you can often see block the second lane of the dual carriageway on London Road north, stopping vehicles from using both lanes until they merge near Vicarage Lane?
Damnant quod non intelligunt

nedsram
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Re: Poynton Pool Traffic Police

Postby nedsram » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:47 pm

The highway code says that you should used both lanes to the point where they merge. In fact drivers can be prosecuted for attempting to block the path of vehicles in a lane they think they shouldn't be using.

The same thing happens when two lanes merge into one - e.g. just before roadworks. Rather than be in a hurry to get out of the lane that is ending as soon as possible, drivers should use the full length of the lane, and merge alternately. This is known as zip merging, and is standard practice in many other countries. It also makes more effective use of the available road space, and can lead to much shorter tailbacks.

I saw a link to an article on this recently, but can't find it. I suspect that you are referring to the same article.

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Re: Poynton Pool Traffic Police

Postby nedsram » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:20 pm

I've found that article. It's here.

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Re: Poynton Pool Traffic Police

Postby AndrewJ » Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:00 pm

It is a pretty pointless bit of road, but yes, people shouldn't be blocking the lane.

Does anyone know why this stretch of road is like that? It seems odd to locate a very short section of 40mph dual carriageway on a junction with no traffic controls and just before entering the 30mph section.

People are tempted to overtake and end up heading into Poynton far too fast. It also makes turning right out of Glastonbury Drive difficult. Most of the time the extra lane is not used anyway as there is not enough traffic. Seems to be a waste of space, and although there is a wide central reservation it does make it difficult to cross into the park there.

POYNTONIAN 1
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Re: Poynton Pool Traffic Police

Postby POYNTONIAN 1 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:33 pm

It’s the last remaining stretch of 4 lane road that used to be from near Dickens La to the first rail bridge after the 5 Ways

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Re: Poynton Pool Traffic Police

Postby nedsram » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:07 pm

POYNTONIAN 1 wrote:It’s the last remaining stretch of 4 lane road that used to be from near Dickens La to the first rail bridge after the 5 Ways

The "mad mile" was originally three lanes. Not surprisingly there was a series of major smashes where drivers would meet head on at speed in the middle lane. At that time the speed limit was also NSL. How times have changed.


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