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Photo #168732

The pop-up bus lanes in Braidcraft Road have been implemented in such a way as to make certain manoeuvers almost impossible without infringing the bus lane. At the Neilsland Square/Langton Crescent junction the central reservation gaps to permit right turns are remote from the actual junction and therefore require drivers to make U-turns in order to go in the desired direction. But a U-turn is very tricky to make, even in a small car, without going into the bus lane.

The central reservation gap for turns from the northbound carriageway can be seen in the right of the picture, and the gap for turns from the southbound carriageway is about to be used by the red car.

This particular problem with bus lane infringement is not itself a problem for cycling, but a cycle gap at the junction itself would be desirable for local cycling, to avoid the need to travel along Braidcraft Road to get to the gaps. However, the remote gaps will discourage through traffic running straight across the junction, thus keeping traffic levels on the residential streets low and suppressing potential rat-running.

See also bus lane compliance in #168731.

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