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On 10 Dec 2009 at 10:56am Fruitfly wrote:
Worst roundabout in Lewes? Tescos/Phoenix roundabout is my most hated,because nobody ever bloody indicates!! Come to think of it,I hate them all. The Southerham roundabout is lethal!
On 10 Dec 2009 at 11:26am Toque wrote:
I've been cut up many times in the Tescos/Phoenix roundabout. A lot of drivers - usually those heading towards the Cuilfail Tunnel - don't seem to appreciate that there are two lanes, and that if they just drive in a straight line the person turning right into Cliffe has to brake in order to avoid a collision.
On 10 Dec 2009 at 12:37pm Winterbourne Wanderer wrote:
Ooh this is a good thread. My worst roundabout is the little one at the Kings Head. The otherwise national rule about giving way to the right doesn't apply here - cars coming from Priory Street go straight ahead regardless of anyone pootling up from Southover High Street (the bit past the Grange). Many an exciting near miss there, with accompanying screeching of brakes.
On 10 Dec 2009 at 1:10pm Taff wrote:
I think they should put yellow hatch boxes on Southerham roundabout. Its a car park at peak times, people just pull up across an entry or exit and prevent others getting on and off it.
On 10 Dec 2009 at 2:18pm windows wrote:
Yes roundabout at Tescos/Phoenix is a nightmare!!! Everyday I see people casually driving round it without indicating!!! Yesterday a Sunlight lorry pulled out without looking or indicating on that roundabout, the tunnel roundabout and the A27 roundabout....Ar**hole!
What happened to indicating? people don't seem to bother, I think everyone's meant to have a psychic vision of where these people are going.
It drives me crazy!!
On 10 Dec 2009 at 3:17pm Smiler wrote:
What p1sses me off about roundabaouts, especially the one near the Ambulance offices is that some people going towards Lansdown Place actually drive round it rather than going straight over it, the pillocks
On 10 Dec 2009 at 5:36pm Mr Peabody wrote:
Haha.. Smiler that would be me I get great pleasure out of going round the NHS roundabout, including indicating!
On 10 Dec 2009 at 5:58pm MonkeySeeMonkeyDo wrote:
As a pedestrian (sorry drivers!) I completely agree with you over the Tesco/Pheonix roundabout it is dangerous - a friend of mine got hurt in a hit and run whilst crossing there. I hardly ever know where people are turning and have had a few close misses myself. Lewes train station/Mountfield Road is pretty dodgy too. Stay safe people!
On 10 Dec 2009 at 9:03pm SG wrote:
I don't like the one up by the station, it's impossible to tell where anyone is going! Crossing the road by the station is a nightmare.
On 10 Dec 2009 at 9:25pm Bongo wrote:
On the whole, most of the roundabouts in Lewes are pretty much ok. The only two that are a bit dodgy are the Tesco one (there should 'two lane' markings all around the roundabout) and the Southerham one (yellow boxes are desperately needed, and maybe a P/T traffic light system). It's the Numpty drivers that don't pay attention that are the real danger! Get them off the road
Smiler, you are actually supposed to drive around roundabouts - not over them (or were you joking?). Even the one you mentioned is not difficult to drive a car around. I manage it with no problems - and I don't have PAS (though I'm lookig forward to upgrading when a Numpty driver hits me whilst taking the roundabout incorrectly!).
On 10 Dec 2009 at 9:36pm I am a Passenger wrote:
I've been in a car with Smiler at the Tescos roundabout. Scary!
On 10 Dec 2009 at 10:47pm One who had the pleasure wrote:
I find Smiler outside a car with no roundabout in sight for miles scary!
On 10 Dec 2009 at 11:13pm Trunk Dweller wrote:
I've been in the back of Smiler's car at the Cuilfail roundabout - EVEN SCARIER!
On 11 Dec 2009 at 12:02am Poll Tax wrote:
How many exactly do live in Smiler's 1trunk?
On 11 Dec 2009 at 12:16am Phoenix Bypass Rbout wrote:
Must agree that driving towards Cuilfail this is a crap roundabout and acccident waiting to happen. What TWO lanes, either all going across or one branching of to Cliffe? Have been beeped before and beeped back. Safest is to stay in left if going across as when hit it's right hand lane's fault.
On 11 Dec 2009 at 12:39am Have to drive in UK wrote:
Why is the inside lane Known as the inside lane when it is closer to the outside of the motorway?
And the outside lane is closer to the inside (middle) of the motorway

Best Answer:
It's all with ref to the cerb.
So Near/Side is the side near to the cerb. And Off/Side is away from the cerb.
Inside is between you and the cerb so in-between or inside.
Hope this helps.
Another answer:

On the highway, the right lane is the bumper lane, the center lane is the sandwich lane and the left lane is the hammer lane.
On the racetrack the left lane is the inside lane and the right lane is the outside lane.
Inside and outside on the highway, just depends on who you're talking to.
Yet another answer:
oh boy this just confused me!! You know in Nascar or better yet on a track field how the inside lane is closer to the center of the circle. It's inside because it's close to the inside lol. I think you may have it confused.
And another:

They should really be referred to as lanes 1,2,3 etc....not inside, middle or outside....although I suppose the inside is nearer to the hard shoulder and the outside is further away.
On 11 Dec 2009 at 12:45am Smiler wrote:
On 11 Dec 2009 at 8:23am Hard to walk in the UK wrote:
I've noticed that lane discipline on the sidewalks in Lewes is apalling! Are you guys all on drugs?
On 11 Dec 2009 at 9:24am Toque wrote:
"What TWO lanes"

Coming from town there's two lanes entering the roundabout, and there's two lanes exiting on the tunnel side, but people in the left-hand lane just drive straight across without any regard for people in the right-hand lane.

Happens every day.
On 11 Dec 2009 at 9:52am Colonial Mustard wrote:
Slow Lane - Fast lane - Overtaking Lane - simple really
not being a pedant, just a guide for the locals
(How come so many posts from Across the Pond on this thread?)
On 11 Dec 2009 at 4:18pm SHS wrote:
(For the benefit of our American visitors) Pavements in the UK - when they are not being dug up to search for missing civil servants - are primarily for (1) parking, (2) signs, rubbish, chairs or tables and (3) cyclists. Pedestrians usually have to walk in the gutter.
On 11 Dec 2009 at 10:18pm WVD wrote:
"Safest is to stay in left if going across as when hit it's right hand lane's fault.
Utter nonsense! Vehicles on your right ALWAYS have priority. If you collide with the car on your right by straying into it's lane, it's always going to be your fault. Use your mirrors and take a look over your shoulder before you do a manouvre - especially one that's likely to endanger other road users.
If we're talking about the Tesco/Phoenix roundabout (not the Snail one), use the right hand lane if you are heading for Cliffe or the tunnel - and use your horn big time if you get cut up. Use the left hand lane if you are going up Malling Hill. Simple.

Not sure why the lines were erased. Should we petition the Highways Agency to re-paint them?
On 14 Dec 2009 at 4:15am Brixtonbelle wrote:
re the tiny r'bout by the ambulance place - if i remember my old driving instructor, you are allowed to drive over the mini roundabouts if no other traffic around - that's why they aren't built up. Likewise, there is nothing to prevent you breaking a red traffic light if there is no other traffic around....or so someone once told me....
But why are there so few zebra crossings in Lewes - and why no rumble strips/ speed bumps to slow down the approach fo drivers on the Offham road ?
On 14 Dec 2009 at 8:38am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
There's a complicated formula for determining whether a zebra crossing is justified. I can't remember the details but it involves counting the number of vehicles passing over a given period, the number of pedestrians crossing and the average length of time waited. The answer has to be within certain parameters for a zebra to be considered appropriate.
If there are too many cars, they put in a pelican instead, so the cars are forced to stop, too few and the pedestrians just have to take their chances.
There have been a couple of new ones added within living memory - by the Elly and the hospital.

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