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Old May 14th, 2009, 08:49 PM   #441
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Ehm, virtually all Belgian motorways have emergency lanes...
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Old May 14th, 2009, 11:10 PM   #442
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Which "emergency lanes" are missing according to you?

Can't really say there's anything missing from these roads... Did you mean "Alternative routes" by any chance? (though I can't say we're really lacking those)

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Old May 15th, 2009, 12:38 AM   #443
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Firstly I noticed from a few photos but they were actually only interchanges not motorway mainline when I had a second look at them. So overall no comlaints re the Belgian Motorways. Im actually very impressed by them.

Secondly Glodenox why do you have emergency lanes in inverted commas? What do you call them in your country as the term seems strange to you?

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Old May 15th, 2009, 12:57 AM   #444
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Secondly Glodenox why do you have emergency lanes in inverted commas? What do you call them in your country as the term seems strange to you?
Do any English speaking countries call them "emergency lanes"? Sounds nice and obvious as to what they are, but I'm sure both UK and US English calls them shoulders/hard shoulders.
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Old May 15th, 2009, 01:16 AM   #445
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Do any English speaking countries call them "emergency lanes"? Sounds nice and obvious as to what they are, but I'm sure both UK and US English calls them shoulders/hard shoulders.
I thought they were called hard shoulders on dual carriageways and not on motorway but I could be proved wrong?
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Old May 15th, 2009, 05:26 PM   #446
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In the state of Victoria we refer to them as Emergency Stopping Lanes but other Australian states seem not to follow this practice.
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Old May 15th, 2009, 07:40 PM   #447
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Sorry that I put them between quotes, but I just didn't really understand what you meant with that name ^_^; Wasn't sure whether you meant shoulders or not, so decided that would be the best way to write it seeing I wasn't sure about that word...

What we call that lane:
In Dutch: "pechstrook", which literally means: "breakdown lane". "pech" also translates to "bad luck", so not sure which of the two they were thinking of when they named those lanes here, but both translations are appropriate in this case

In French: "bande des pneus crevés" (hardly used outside Belgium I've heard) or "bande d'arrêt d'urgence". They literally mean: "lane for flat tyres" and "lane for emergency stops".

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Old May 15th, 2009, 07:46 PM   #448
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In Dutch: "pechstrook", which literally means: "breakdown lane".
Actually, that's the Flemish variant. In the Netherlands (also Dutch) we say "vluchtstrook". (flight lane).
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Old May 15th, 2009, 11:53 PM   #449
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In the Netherlands (also Dutch) we say "vluchtstrook". (flight lane).
Sorry Chris, but it means vluchten: fleeing, not flying.
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Old May 15th, 2009, 11:56 PM   #450
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The word flight has meany meanings, and also means fleeing

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The act of fleeing. (It is noun version of flee).
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Old May 16th, 2009, 06:41 PM   #451
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Oops, totally forgot about that ^_^

Thanks for the addition

And it would translate to "fleeing lane" indeed.

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Old May 16th, 2009, 06:47 PM   #452
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How about "Escape lane"?

However, I prefer "shoulder", just because it's shorter and simple
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Old May 16th, 2009, 11:53 PM   #453
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Hard shoulder is the best term.
Because that is what it is, and what it was original meant to be.
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Old May 17th, 2009, 12:36 PM   #454
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Nonsense, 'hard shoulder' is just another name. It's not an actual shoulder, is it?
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Old May 17th, 2009, 05:14 PM   #455
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They're always called hard shoulders in the UK if they're paved. When the first motorway was built it was just stones and was known as a soft shoulder.

On some large non-motorway dual carriageways these still exist to an extent. But if it is paved it is always a hard shoulder.

An escape lane is something completely different; these are usually at the bottom of steep hills where the road then goes around a bend. They're just gravel strips at the end of the corner so if a vehicle doesn't manage to slow in time or has a break failure it can just roll straight into the gravel which will then slow it to a stop.

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Old May 21st, 2009, 12:44 PM   #456
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Pretty busy to the coast right now... 55 kilometers of traffic jam on the E40 between Erpe and Brugge.
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 07:19 PM   #457
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I remember such lane on one of B-roads near Peninstone
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Old May 28th, 2009, 02:00 PM   #458
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The Boirs viaduct in E313




























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Old May 28th, 2009, 02:18 PM   #459
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Reminds me of old viaducts of Trasa Łazienkowska in Warsaw
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Old May 28th, 2009, 04:42 PM   #460
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Those are only held together with the help of some rusty crashbarriers.
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