Churchill Gate Crossroads
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|Junctions related to the A368|
The Crossroads at Churchill Gate, also known variously as Churchill Crossroads, Churchill Lights or even just Churchill, are where the A38 and A368 cross. When heading south from Bristol, traffic for Weston-super-Mare will fork right onto the A368, which becomes primary at this point, and so pick up the A371 at Banwell to reach Weston. Of course, as the A370 actually performs a Bristol - Weston route more successfully most of this traffic is local, and not even from the Airport area as there are plenty of rat runs favoured by locals between the A38 and A370.
Nevertheless, this is a busy junction, with plenty of right turn traffic from all directions, which led to the installation of traffic signals many years ago. This has led to dedicated right turn lanes and filter arrows being installed in each direction, as well as a left turn lane which avoids the lights running from southbound A38 to eastbound A368. This despite it being one of the least used left-turns, as again there are plenty of short cut rat-runs connecting the two routes further east where they run roughly parallel for some distance.