A-Class Driving School's Online Driving Tutorial - Avonmouth Test Centre - Sylvan Way/Shirehampton Road Crossroads

This set of crossroads posses a little issue travelling in just one direction, and that is up the hill coming from the south through Sea Mills Square. Hopefully you've realised it's 20mph through here and as you leave it's back up to 30. As you come through the square (open patch of grass land with a few traffic calming measures, a bus stop, café, play ground and zebra crossing) you'll see the traffic lights on the hill and an option of lanes to take. Normally the left hand lane is for going straight on, however, unusually here it is the right hand lane. On approach there are arrows on the floor, but they are so close to the lights that normally, if the lights are red and cars have stopped on them waiting you'll not be able to see which lane is for what. So hopefully this page will help you to remember.

You can see in the photo below that there are two lanes the left is clearly signed just for turning left, towards The Portway, M5 and Avonmouth. The arrows are only about 5 car lengths before the junction so if your exam is on a busy day with 5 or more cars waiting you may not be able to make out the directional arrows, so try to remember what this junction looks like!

Don't forget to check out the other tricky junction help pages for Southmead Test Centre and feel free to use our online driving tutorials to assist in getting you to test standard.

UPDATE - Feb 2013
You can no longer turn right at these lights as you come up the hill. The markings on the floor are slightly better now with "AHEAD ONLY" in the right-hand lane.

sylvan way crossroads, avonmouth test centre tips
sylvan way crossroads, avonmouth test centre tips