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Road works, level crossings and tramways: Additional rules for high-speed roads

Rule 289

Take special care on motorways and other high-speed dual carriageways.

  • One or more lanes may be closed to traffic and a lower speed limit may apply.
  • Works vehicles that are slow moving or stationary with a large ‘Keep Left’ or ‘Keep Right’ sign on the back are sometimes used to close lanes for repairs, and a flashing light arrow may also be used to make the works vehicle more conspicuous from a distance and give earlier warning to drivers that they need to move over to the next lane.
  • Check mirrors, slow down and change lanes if necessary.
  • Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front (see Rule 126).

Rule 290

Contraflow systems mean that you may be travelling in a narrower lane than normal and with no permanent barrier between you and oncoming traffic. The hard shoulder may be used for traffic, but be aware that there may be broken-down vehicles ahead of you. Keep a good distance from the vehicle ahead and observe any temporary speed limits.

Darren has owned several companies in the automotive, advertising and education industries. He has run driving theory educational websites since 2010.

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