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Merging lanes without indication of right of way

Reported via mobile in the Sign issue (NH) category anonymously at 10:24, Tue 2 August 2022

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 3724090.

On the junction between the A1231 and the A1 northbound, two lanes merge without indication of right of way. The first is from the north, from the A1231, a slip road in a steady left hand turn. The second, from the west, from a small roundabout connecting the A1231 and the B1288. The left hand bend of the northern lane puts joining traffic from the west in the driver front pillar blind spot. Neither lane is marked as the through lane, and therefore right of way in accordance with the highway code is not evident. This is a dangerous junction, especially when traffic may begin acceleration to join the A1 without the knowledge that there is merging traffic. I request that a give way sign and road marking are added for one of the joining lanes - I have no preference as to which, it's the danger that needs addressing.

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  • Dear Sir or Madam

    Thank you for contacting us by Fix My Street on 3 August about the A1 at Junction 65.

    We can confirm that the slip roads you have identified do form part of the Strategic Road Network which we manage and maintain.

    We’re aware of the concerns which you have raised regarding the arrangement of A1 junction 65 northbound slip road and the lack of signing or road marking which explicitly identifies the priority and the current requirement for vehicles to merge in turn.

    Works have already begun on our A1 Birtley to Coal House improvement scheme which aims to reduce congestion and improve the reliability of journeys. This will be done through the widening of the carriageway between A1 junction 65 (Birtley) and junction 67 (Coal House).

    As part of this widening, an additional lane will be added to the A1 junction 65 northbound slip road which will remove the current potential for conflict which you have identified.

    Thank you again for contacting us. If there is anything we can help you with, please email or telephone our Contact Centre. They’re available 24 hours a day by phone: 0300 123 5000 or by email info@nationalhighways.co.uk. Alternatively, please visit the National Highways website at nationalhighways.co.uk.

    Kind regards

    National Highways

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by National Highways at 13:33, Fri 12 August 2022

  • Following on from the comment above, a give way has been needed on this road for a long time however, it needs to be moved to the other lane asap as it is dangerous and causing delays in its current position. Firstly, it is dangerous as traffic now has to give way to a more minor road but also when you approach this give way you now have to stop to turn your head so far to the right that it is almost impossible to see what is coming. When I have been sat here and looked to my right, I am basically looking over my shoulder and all I can see is the rear pillar of my car and I have to guess if anything is coming. If a person has mobility issues this is completely impossible and will cause an accident. Also, by the time you look forward again the other road is so short that people have now joined and are traveling toward you and you cannot see them as you have now turned your head back. It would make much more sense from a safety stand point to have the give way markings on the other lane as the traffic then would be giving way to what is in front of them and clearly visible. Secondly, at peak times traffic is now at a standstill on this road as other, less patient road users, are racing down the righthand lane and turning left at the roundabout (even though it has been designed to prevent this with a sharp 90 degree turn and directions painted on the ground telling drivers to go straight over, not left). This then means the traffic that is already not moving onto the A1 has to give way to the more impatient drivers who are basically jumping the queue in the other empty lane to avoid waiting. This then creates even more traffic so more drivers do this and it is creating very long tailbacks that could be avoided. Again, this would easily be resolved by changing the give way to the other lane giving priority to the traffic that has queued in the correct left lane to join the A1.

    Posted anonymously at 16:13, Thu 29 September 2022

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