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The "longest lane" project was an attempt by SABRE members to find the longest continual lane of traffic in Britain. This took us on a journey from West London to the West Midlands, and back. Here's what happened.

 
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01. Hyde Park Corner - Coppermine - 509.jpg
01. Hyde Park Corner

The Longest lane is lane 2. Here beginneth the longest lane uninterrupted by give way lines. Where is it going to take us? 'THE WEST', says the green sign, but we are going to end up further east than here, at the other end of the A302! Follow the bus in front, but keep in the right hand lane.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 09, 2005 by t1(M)
02. Knightsbridge - Coppermine - 508.jpg
02. Knightsbridge

The Longest lane is on the right.

Round the corner, and the left lane is now a bus lane, but the right lane is for all traffic. When the underpass merges in ahead, the right lane will become the centre lane. (We've overtaken that No 10 - Routemasters don't spend so long at the stops!)
Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 09, 2005 by t1(M)
03. Scotch Corner - Coppermine - 507.jpg
03. Scotch Corner

The Longest lane is in the middle. The road sign on the left still calls the junction by this name, although the shop on the corner ahead now carries the Burberry name. 'A4 WEST' it says in the centre (and left) lane. The No 10 bus is back! 'KEN' it says in the right hand lane - not a tribute to the mayor, but indicating it's the route for Kensington

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 09, 2005 by t1(M)
04. Harrods - Coppermine - 506.jpg
04. Harrods

The Longest lane is on the right. Still two lanes here, although the markings are currently missing outside Harrods itself

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 09, 2005 by t1(M)
05. Brompton Road - Coppermine - 505.jpg
05. Brompton Road

The Longest lane is in the middle. A third lane appears on our right

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 09, 2005 by t1(M)
06. Victoria & Albert Museum - Coppermine - 504.jpg
06. Victoria & Albert Museum

The Longest lane is on the right. Down to two lanes again, as we follow the curve into the Cromwell Road. (I'm now on a different bus, but haven't gained the front seat!

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 09, 2005 by t1(M)
07. Natural History Museum - Coppermine - 503.jpg
07. Natural History Museum

The Longest lane is on the right. Looking back along Cromwell Road, as the bus rejoins it after the detour to serve South Kensington station

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 09, 2005 by t1(M)
08. Cromwell Road - Two into three does go - Coppermine - 502.jpg
08. Cromwell Road - Two into three does go

The Longest lane is in the middle. On the Cromwell Road, two lanes become three - but only the centre lane will get very far!

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 09, 2005 by t1(M)
09. Cromwell Road - Give Way to Tree - Coppermine - 501.jpg
09. Cromwell Road - Give Way to Tree

The Longest lane is in the middle. The lanes have now gone from two to three, but the left lane is lost here briefly to avoid an overhanging tree

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 09, 2005 by t1(M)
10. Right Lane Drop - Coppermine - 500.jpg
10. Right Lane Drop

The Longest lane is in the middle. The right lane ends here at the Marloes Road Junction, only to resume immediately afterwards

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 09, 2005 by t1(M)
11. Earls Court - Coppermine - 520.jpg
11. Earls Court

The Longest lane is in the middle. The Centre lane heads ever westwards, but the bus turns off here.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 09, 2005 by t1(M)
12. North End Lane - Coppermine - 1856.JPG
12. North End Road

longest lane is the centre lane Another set of lights

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 30, 2005 by t1(M)
13. Hammersmith - Coppermine - 1855.JPG
13. Hammersmith

longest lane is the centre lane Approaching the flyover, a sign for the lane drop can be seen on the left hand side

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 30, 2005 by t1(M)
14. Hammersmith Flyover - Coppermine - 1854.JPG
14. Hammersmith Flyover

longest lane is the left lane We regain a third lane, on the left, at the end of the flyover

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 30, 2005 by t1(M)
15. Hogarth Flyover - Coppermine - 1853.JPG
15. Hogarth Flyover

longest lane is the centre lane We briefly get a fourth lane on the left, which peels off to Richmond and eventually the M3

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 30, 2005 by t1(M)
16. Sutton Court Road - Coppermine - 1852.JPG
16. Sutton Court Road

longest lane is the centre lane Last traffic lights until Gipsy Corner, 289 miles on!

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 30, 2005 by t1(M)
17. Approaching Chiswick - Coppermine - 1851.JPG
17. Approaching Chiswick

longest lane is the centre lane the signs for the lane drop can be seen ahead

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 30, 2005 by t1(M)
18. Chiswick Flyover - Coppermine - 1850.JPG
18. Chiswick Flyover

The lane drop as the A4 becomes the M4 elevated section

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 30, 2005 by t1(M)
19. M4 J2 (the ironing board) - Coppermine - 1849.JPG
19. M4 J2 (the ironing board)

the off slip drops down, as the onslip climbs beyond it

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 30, 2005 by t1(M)
20. End of the elevated section - Coppermine - 1848.JPG
20. End of the elevated section

Longest lane is the left The third lane appears on the right ahead - and the hard shoulder appears on the left!

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 30, 2005 by t1(M)
21. Lane gain at M4 Junction 4 - Coppermine - 1871.JPG
21. Lane gain at M4 Junction 4

camera is in the longest lane Traffic merging from the on slip from Heathrow

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 30, 2005 by t1(M)
22. M4 After Junction 4 - Coppermine - 1870.JPG
22. M4 After Junction 4

longest lane is the centre left lane At busy times there is much weaving between Heathrow and M25 traffic here

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 30, 2005 by t1(M)
23. M4 'twixt Junctions 4 and 4B - Coppermine - 1869.JPG
23. M4 'twixt Junctions 4 and 4B

Signs for the lane drop appear ahead

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 30, 2005 by t1(M)
24. M4 Approaching Junction 4B - Coppermine - 1868.JPG
24. M4 Approaching Junction 4B

longest lane is the one the driver is in Take the left lane for the world's longest car park, the M25!

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 30, 2005 by t1(M)
25. Lane merge at M4 Junction 4B - Coppermine - 1866.JPG
25. Lane merge at M4 Junction 4B

longest lane is the left lane

M25 traffic joining here will need to weave with traffic intending to leave at Junction 5

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 30, 2005 by t1(M)
26. M4 After Junction 4B - Coppermine - 1864.JPG
26. M4 After Junction 4B

longest lane is the centre-left

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 30, 2005 by t1(M)
27. M4 Between Junctions 4B and 5 - Coppermine - 1862.JPG
27. M4 Between Junctions 4B and 5

longest lane is the centre-left lane (i.e immediately to the driver's right) Signs for the lane-drop ahead

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 30, 2005 by t1(M)
28. Junction 5 lane Drop - Coppermine - 1861.JPG
28. Junction 5 lane Drop

longest lane is the left-centre lane (i.e. the one immediately to the right of the camera) The end of the far lane section: the Lonhest Lane is now the left hand lane all the way to the M5 junction at Almondsbury

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 30, 2005 by t1(M)
M4 junction (Part) - Coppermine - 1176.jpg
M5 / M4 junction (Part)

Sketch of the lane layout showing how the longest lane makes it round this junction.

OP Martyn H

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 21, 2005 by M4Simon
72. end of Westway - Coppermine - 1242.JPG
72. end of Westway

The Longest Lane is the nearer one (on the other side of the crash barrier) . The Marylebone flyover can be seen in the background. Traffic from the A404, which has been running underneath the Westway, can join here, but there is no lane gain.

We've come a long way from the previous picture, on the M4 near Slough, but it's not really very far away! After the last picture the lane is uninterrupted along the A4, M4, M5, M42, M40, and A40. Contributions to help plug the gap are welcome!

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 21, 2005 by t1(M)
73. Paddington - Coppermine - 1243.JPG
73. Paddington

The Longest lane is in the middle. Tiger tails where the Marylebone Flyover returns to ground level. We gain a lane on the left at this point, which stays with us to Kings Cross, although for much of its length it's buses only. The road ceases to be the A40 here, and becomes the A501.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 21, 2005 by t1(M)
74 Marylebone Road - Coppermine - 1241.JPG
74 Marylebone Road

The Longest lane is in the middle.

We're on a bus for most of the rest of the way now. The bus makes a detour here to Marylebone station, but the Longest Lane goes straight on!

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 21, 2005 by t1(M)
75. Marylebone Road - Coppermine - 1240.JPG
75. Marylebone Road

The Longest lane is lane 2. Near Mme Tussauds. The right hand lane splits several times along here to allow right hand turns, and the left lane is a bus lane. the Longest Lane (in the middle) just keeps going!

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 21, 2005 by t1(M)
76 Great Portland Street Station - Coppermine - 1239.JPG
76 Great Portland Street Station

The Longest lane is in the middle. The left lane splits to provide a bus lane.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 21, 2005 by t1(M)
77 Euston Road - Coppermine - 1238.JPG
77 Euston Road

The Longest lane is in the middle. The lane drop for the Euston Underpass The left lane and off slip have been closed off today for resurfacing

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 21, 2005 by t1(M)
78. Euston Underpass - Coppermine - 1244.JPG
78. Euston Underpass

The Longest lane is on the left. A rare shot! Usually buses stay at ground level to serve the bus stops here. University College Hospital can beseen ahead, built on the site of a building I used to work in.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 21, 2005 by t1(M)
79. Euston Underpass - Coppermine - 519.JPG
79. Euston Underpass

The Longest lane is on the left. Seen from above. Our lane will become the middle one again at the top of the ramp. St Pancras church is visible in the distance

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 09, 2005 by t1(M)
80. Euston Road - Coppermine - 1236.JPG
80. Euston Road

The Longest lane is in the middle. Once again we gain a lane on the left as we exit the underpass. Ahead, it becomes a bus lane

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 21, 2005 by t1(M)
81. Euston Station - Coppermine - 1235.JPG
81. Euston Station

The Longest lane is in the middle. Buses turn off into the bus station here, but all three lanes continue. The right hand lane finally ends at the next traffic lights, so when the bus re-joins there will be only two lanes.

One of the lodges from the original Euston station of the 1830s can be seen behind the bus in front.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 21, 2005 by t1(M)
82. Euston (Upper Woburn Place) - Coppermine - 517.JPG
82. Euston (Upper Woburn Place)

The Longest lane is in the middle. Looking back the way we came, this is the parting of the ways. White Van Man is in the Longest Lane. The right hand lane, our companion since leaving the M5, leaves us here

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 09, 2005 by t1(M)
83 St Pancras - Coppermine - 1234.JPG
83 St Pancras

The Longest lane is on the right. The road is here temporarily diverted whilst work is carried out to build a new concourse for the Underground station

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 21, 2005 by t1(M)
84 Kings Cross Station - Coppermine - 1245.JPG
84 Kings Cross Station

The Longest lane is on the right.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 21, 2005 by t1(M)
85. Kings Cross - Coppermine - 516.JPG
85. Kings Cross

The Longest lane is on the right. Now three lanes again. All three continue beyond the traffic lights into Pentonville Road. (Taken from a No 45 bus, in rather worse lighting conditions than most of the pictures on this stretch!}

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 09, 2005 by t1(M)
86 Kings Cross crossroads - Coppermine - 1246.JPG
86 Kings Cross crossroads

The Longest lane is on the right. We enter Pentonville Road - the A501 continues straight ahead up the hill towards the Angel, but what do the markings in our lane say?

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 21, 2005 by t1(M)
87 Pentonville Road, outside the Thameslink station - Coppermine - 1247.JPG
87 Pentonville Road, outside the Thameslink station

The Longest lane is on the right. The left two lanes continue as the A501 Pentonville Road, but ours turns right (across the contra flow bus lane) to become the start of the A201 - very out-of zone at this point

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 21, 2005 by t1(M)
88 Kings Cross Road. - Coppermine - 1248.JPG
88 Kings Cross Road.

The A201, although a long way out of zone! Having turned the corner, the lane splits into three. The right one loops back to Kings Cross. The left one will shortly be a bus lane. Take the middle one!

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 21, 2005 by t1(M)
89 Farringdon Street - Coppermine - 1249.JPG
89 Farringdon Street

Just after Mount Pleasant Sorting Office, descending the valley of the Fleet towards Holborn. Only one lane here, plus an intermitent bus lane.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 21, 2005 by t1(M)
90. Holborn Viaduct - Coppermine - 514.JPG
90. Holborn Viaduct

seen from the north - only one lane each way here

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 09, 2005 by t1(M)

 
 
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