Is this what is known as Zip merging?
I understand it when at roadworks, or when two lanes merge to one, but what happens when it is 2 lanes which later go in different directions?
This is something that has always puzzled me, with respect to one particular road if anyone knows it, Mottram Moor between Glossop and Hyde, where the A57 (snake pass) and the A628 (woodhead pass) meet before the M67 to Manchester outer ring road (M60). I'm sure this happens in other places but this is the worst I know of.
The left hand lane goes straight on (the major route), and is almost always ludicrously busy, the right hand lane turns right somewhere else and is hardly ever busy. The signs for which lane to be in appear about a third the way up the hill (as in two thirds left to travel before the routes split- about 1/4 mile)
Does it count as zip merging if I take the right hand lane to get round the traffic but indicate and wait for someone to let me in nearer the junction? I know most people would see it as un-courteous, but then most people see proper use of zip merging at roadworks etc as un-courteous.
It seems like when this is the case, if a few people do this, then those few people are waiting for a lot less time, everybody else waits the same amount of time. If nobody did it, the traffic queue would definitely extend further back, and could cause problems earlier where the two roads meet and become a DC. On the other hand, if everybody did it, it would be chaos!
There must be loads of similar situations around the country, where a major route DC splits into a minor and major route both on SC?
What would everybody else do?