Definition of contraflow in English:



  • A temporary arrangement where traffic on a road is transferred from its usual side to share the other half of the carriageway with traffic moving in the opposite direction.

    as modifier ‘a series of contraflow systems to allow resurfacing work to be carried out’
    • ‘During the surfacing work, temporary traffic lights and contraflows will be used to keep vehicles moving on North Street and Skipton Road.’
    • ‘Traffic will be reduced to single lane working in a contraflow system on the westbound carriageway and Highways Agency officials are warning drivers to expect delays.’
    • ‘A contraflow was put in place while the road was blocked, and traffic built up for around two miles in either direction.’
    • ‘The problems this autumn have been caused largely by the need to reduce traffic down to one lane in each direction on a contraflow on the westbound carriageway.’
    • ‘This autumn's crippling congestion on the dual carriageway and across the city centre has largely been caused by the single-lane contraflow bottleneck at Copmanthorpe.’
    • ‘First, every single entrance to the contraflow side of the highway must be closed off.’
    • ‘The problems have been caused by traffic funnelling down into a contraflow involving just one lane in each direction.’
    • ‘A contraflow system was put in place to allow the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to land.’
    • ‘The entire eastbound side of the road was shut today, with a contraflow in place on the westbound side.’
    • ‘This work will be completed before the end of March, allowing a contraflow to be removed and the road to open from March 29 to April 2.’
    • ‘The Highways Agency only recently ruled out any extra lanes on the eastbound contraflow when work resumes on the project in the New Year and the westbound carriageway is closed.’
    • ‘The road improvements involve the closure of the eastbound carriageway of the motorway between the two junctions, with a contraflow system on the westbound carriageway.’
    • ‘Police placed cones across the entrance to the village from the dual carriageway last Friday night, after jams caused by a contraflow at Copmanthorpe led to severe congestion in the village.’
    • ‘There will be speed restrictions, contraflows, overnight closures, and the closing of slip roads as the motorway is widened from two lanes to three between Junctions 8 and 6 and from three to four between Junctions 6 and 5.’
    • ‘The contraflow will be switched to the westbound carriageway in late January as resurfacing starts on eastbound lanes.’
    • ‘This meant a single-lane contraflow had to be introduced in both directions.’
    • ‘An estimated 90,000 motorists using the road every day face contraflows, temporary speed limits and hard shoulder restrictions.’
    • ‘A full scene investigation was launched, but the road remained open, with police implementing a contraflow system.’
    • ‘There will be a contraflow with two lanes of the carriageway open in each direction, while at night sometimes that will be reduced to a single lane.’
    • ‘She added: ‘We are maintaining three lanes in a contraflow but severe delays are likely and motorists should take extra care when they approach the roadworks and allow more time for journeys.’’