rat run


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rat run

A minor roadway, usually one that passes through a residential area, that is used as a bypass for drivers who wish to avoid traffic on larger roads or motorways. The road works over on Broadway have made our street into a rat run, so be sure to keep a close eye on your kids with all these cars zipping by.
See also: rat, run
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Southbank is now a school entrance and the council has still not put in any traffic calming, even though it is regularly used as a rat run.
EXTREMELY angry" families who claim large lorries are using their streets as a rat run have demanded urgent action to stop the worrying menace.
When he is asked to help the Jewish community with a spate of burglaries, Brodie uncovers links to murder, Nazi gold and a rumoured rat run running through the post-war Glasgow for escaping Nazis.
Cumberworth Lane and Carr Hill Road are used as a rat run for people because they want to avoid the main junction.
THERE have been a number of letters recently regarding the problems caused by traffic using Church Lane and St Mary's Walk in Acklam as a rat run.
Drivers do use the estate as a rat run and we hope the signs will make this a less attractive short cut.
But when Bradley Pennine Business ParK was built over eight years ago the other end was blocKed off to prevent a rat run to the parK.
The alternative is to risk life and limb battling the irresponsible and downright dangerous commuter traffic on the A41 or on the back lanes being used a rat run.
They live on a farm and a narrow, twisting country road runs between the house and farm buildings and is used as a rat run at peak times.
CARDIFF residents have launched a petition after they say they were not consulted over road changes they fear will turn their road into a rat run.
STUNNED Kentucky Fried Chicken diners told yesterday how they watched a huge rat run out of the kitchen and under their feet.
They identified the worst rat run in the country as being in Wykeham Street in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
A popular rat run, it has always been privately owned and poorly maintained, but following the development the new upgraded road would be handed to Birmingham City Council.
This only goes to prove just how many cars were using Stoney Road and Humphrey Burton Road as a rat run.
ACTION is set to be taken to stop a Barry street featured in the hit television sitcom Gavin & Stacey being used as a rat run.