The M25’s outside lane: some call it ’the overtaking lane’ and
others ’the fast lane’, but the hard truth hit me recently as I ventured
onto the London Orbital on a cold, windy evening.
I have since come to the only conclusion possible - that there’s a
gigantic magnet located in the crash barrier on the central reservation,
which pulls almost all of the road’s traffic into the outside lane.
You can forgive people who haven’t travelled on the M25 before for
thinking that ’the fast lane’ is the one where the traffic moves
fastest, but the opposite is undoubtedly true.
I was travelling clockwise through the Kent section and was keen to make
headway. At least 80 per cent of the traffic had crammed itself into the
so-called ’fast lane’, which made it the slow lane. I therefore moved
into the middle lane and enjoyed enough space to swing a cat, with the
car in front no more than a speck in the distance.
So while I cruised through the concrete jungle, with the occasional HGV
on my left and nothing in front, the sad fools in the outside lane were
plodding along, nose to tail, at around 45 mph - all content in the
knowledge that they were in the ’fast lane’. Why can’t people learn to
drive and travel in the inside lane, using the other two for
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