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A fast lane for pedestrians is coming to Waterloo this week

Isabelle Aron

Forget Cycle Superhighways, an express lane for speedy pedestrians is coming to London this week. From this Thursday, there will be a 50-metre fast lane for pedestrians on the pavement outside Waterloo station, which is good news if you often find yourself stuck behind a painfully slow walker who's too busy scrolling through Instagram to focus on putting one foot in front of the other. Only people who are walking over 3mph and not using their phones will be allowed in the fast lane – so no dawdling, people.

Sadly, it's only sticking around for two days, as the 'Direct Lane' is all part of a stunt for Direct Line (although we're not sure what walking quickly has got to do with insurance). But if it goes well and Sadiq Khan fancies installing one on Oxford Street, we'd totally be on board with that.

The 'Direct Lane' will be open September 22–23 at Sutton Walk between Waterloo and the South Bank.

Photo: Joris Vanbillemont

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