Watch the short clip below. Took it on the way home tonight (yes, illegally holding the phone with one hand, I admit). Lots of rush-hour cars, all eager to get home for their tea in the warm rain ... so lots of steamed-up windows, too. Difficult to see, and the only sound is those collective stomachs a-rumblin', mine included. Plenty of barely-concealed British impatience.
So, no surprise the queue of traffic invents a new lane across the diagonal stripes, eager to get to the roundabout ahead. Is it "necessary" (as the Highway Code says it must be before you should corss the broken lines bordering the stripes) ? No.
But if everyone else is doing it, how do you join that line if you also want to get into that dedicated lane for turning right ? Answer: very cautiously, despite their illegality. You have the priority but they're there first ... so you can't barge in. Swallow your pride, take you time. Priority must be given, not seized. Bask in your inner sense of pious correctness and don't be seduced by the sirens of road rage. (Or become so mesmerised staring between the raindrops in the right door mirror that you miss the stationary sports car ahead and gently nudge its bumper ... or worse !)
We're told to teach that you should. But is that logical ? We also teach NOT to signal when pulling away from the kerb, or up to it, if no-one's around to benefit. (After all signals are "to help and warn", so who would they be helping or warning if no-one is there to see ?)
Doesn't the same logic apply at a junction? If we choose NOT to signal as part of the POM or MSM routine for pulling away / pulling up, to show the Test Examiner that we've thought about what we see in the mirrors, why not at junctions too ? Well, I suppose more can change suddenly at a junction, even a simple one, so better to err on the side of caution. You're turning the wheel more, too, so your hands could be too far from being able to safely reach the indicator stalk if you saw something approaching only when you're halfway round a corner. Question answered ... do you think ?
A small bird tells me that work may even begin in March. Some sort of a park will replace the reclamation yard on the island. See the full plan here.