Kew roundabout in Southport is to become the first bi-directional traffic island in Britain.
The two-way roundabout system is set to be rolled out across the UK after a six month pilot scheme and a wider public consultation. The innovative concept has become increasingly popular throughout Europe after being pioneered by the Austrian Highways Agency.
From mid 2015 drivers will be asked to cross anti-clockwise if leaving the roundabout in either less than, or no more than two exits in an anti-clockwise direction – or clockwise if leaving the roundabout in either less than, or no more than two exits in a clockwise direction. If leaving the roundabout after three or more exits in either direction, drivers should adopt a ‘bi-curious’ approach, using their judgement to determine the least crowded route.
The AA have hailed the scheme, claiming it will reduce accidents on roundabouts by at least 20% over the next 5 years.
In the meantime, motorists are being advised to continue using all roundabouts in the standard clockwise fashion until the new bi-directional signage is erected.