We have received a few comments about the relief road crawler lane and have been asked how it should be used during peak times, when the volume of traffic merging from two lanes into one leads to some short delays.
The Highway Code advises that where crawler lanes are provided, these should be used by slower-moving vehicles so that vehicles behind wishing to overtake can do so, and that drivers should be aware of signage and road markings which indicate when the lane is about to end.
It also advises that where a right-hand lane is used for overtaking, after completing the manoeuvre, drivers should move back to the left-hand lane as soon as it is safe to do so.
Some drivers may be finding that after overtaking they are confronted with queuing traffic in the left-hand lane, and it is therefore unsafe for them to merge until the natural end of the crawler lane.
We appreciate that some drivers may be using the overtaking lane to avoid queuing, however, this is not a road traffic offence unless the driver is driving without due care and attention or in a dangerous manner.
We will continue to monitor this situation, to see if any additional road marking or signing is required.