A-Class Driving School's Online Driving Tutorial - Brislington Test centre - The Hick's Gate Roundabout

This has been the cause of many a headache for learners over the years and can seem a little confusing at first. Once you get your eye in, understand the markings, the route you need to take and how it works in regards to the traffic light system, it becomes (hopefully) obvious. We call them traffic light controlled or spiral roundabouts.

First off, please note THE IMAGE USED BELOW IS AN OLD ONE, GOOGLE HAS NOT UPDATED THEIR SATELLITE IMAGES HERE AND THE ROUNDABOUT DOES NOT LOOK LIKE THIS ANYMORE. I've waited long enough for the satellite images to update, but I don't think it's going to happen any time soon.

First of all. If you are heading from the test centre (coming from the left in this image) and are asked to follow the ring road, you DO NOT need to go onto the roundabout. Just stay in the left hand lane. Easy!

hick's gate roundabout

If you're asked to follow signs for Bath and to go straight ahead at the roundabout elect for the right hand lane on approach when the dual carriageway first starts just before you reach the garden centre. When it splits into three lanes, opt for the middle labelled BATH. (photo below and to the left)

Just as you get to the roundabout, this right hand lane will split into 3. Position yourself in the most left of those 3. You need to follow the markings labelled BATH and stay in this left hand lane. Remember that there is no left exit here, so you are not in anyone's way, those who are going left here (onto the ring road) have used the slip road already. (photo below and to the right)

hicks gate roundabout tips
hicks gate roundabout approach

If you are asked to follow signs for Keynsham and to turn right at the roundabout, elect for the right hand lane all the way to the roundabout.

Emerge onto the roundabout staying in the right hand lane (photo below and left, following the silver car), then after the first set of traffic lights you'll need to stay in your lane. DO NOT keep tucked into the roundabout. The lines that you need to follow will be on your left hand flank. Keep them there. It will push you out to the siding just after the exit for Bath (photo bottom right).  The bus o

 This will feel very wrong, almost as if you're crossing lanes and possibly cutting people up. Because the roundabout is traffic light controlled, no one will be coming from your left and so is therefore safe. It's worth a check on the mirror for safety's sake. 

hick's gate roundabout tips
hick's gate roundabout

Have a look at the other image below on the this page. It's not the Hick's Gate, but shows what the new markings are like, hopefully giving you an insight as to how you must move across, following the marking, spiralling yourself outwards ready to leave at the 3rd exit safely.

Here is a roundabout up by Filton. It's pretty much the same as Hick's Gate, just a little smaller. Semi-traffic light controlled with tonnes of lines all over it. Once you see which lines apply to you, fingers crossed you can stay in the perfect position and exit correctly. So coming from the left, approach in the right-hand lane, get next to the roundabout and then after the traffic lights, keep those division/hazard lines on your left hand flank and you end up in the outside lane and in the correct place to exit safely. It's simple when you know how!

filton roundabout