Traffic Management in Europe

Discussion in 'Continental Touring' started by Don Madge, May 25, 2008.

  1. Don Madge

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    A friend has just returned from a trip on the continent and for the first
    time he came across a "Flashing Amber" at traffic lights. There was no
    vehicle in front of him and he did not have a clue on what to do.

    So for those who are venturing abroad for the first time.

    1. With a flashing amber traffic light you can proceed as long as the road
    is clear, so just treat them as give ways. You will come across this system
    at night in many cities in Europe. The system is also in operation in off
    peak periods in many countries especially in rural areas.

    2. The flashing amber traffic light is also the default setting when there
    is a fault with the lights in many European countries.

    Please bear in mind this post refers to "Traffic Lights" don't get confused
    with other flashing amber lights for example on some major roads in Belgium,
    there's flashing amber lights about 500 metres up the road from traffic
    lights, to warn you of the stopped traffic ahead.

    Another system we don't see in the UK but used on the continent is "Hard
    Shoulder Running" this usually comes into operation in peak periods or at
    other time to help clear congestion.

    This photo shows how they are sometimes controlled.

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    Safe travelling.

    Don
     
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    [QUOTE=Don Madge;83947
    Another system we don't see in the UK but used on the continent is "Hard
    Shoulder Running" this usually comes into operation in peak periods or at
    other time to help clear congestion.







    Thiis about to be introduced in the UK on the M25 and M6-I think.
     
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  4. Gonewiththewind

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    M42 Has been using this system for about 12 months. Wasnt too keen when first heard about it, but having used it, seems to be a good idea.
    Just not sure what happens in a breakdown situation.:Sad:
     
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