Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Yorkshire junction with 42 traffic lights worked better when they broke . . .


Yorkshire junction with 42 traffic lights worked better when they broke

The lights have been blamed for causing unnecessary tailbacks in the area, which has been nicknamed the 'red light district'

Cited at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/11918353/Yorkshire-junction-with-42-traffic-lights-worked-better-when-they-broke.html

A junction with 42 traffic lights ran more smoothly when a malfunction made all the lights go out, according to local motorists and residents.

All the lights at Grovehill junction in Beverley, East Yorkshire - which are supposed to manage 20 different traffic movements and nine crossing points - went out following a power failure. The junction replaced a roundabout when the town’s bypass opened in February.

The lights have been blamed for causing unnecessary tailbacks in the area, which has been nicknamed the “red light district”.

Peter Robinson, 78, who has lived nearby since 1969, said the road has been blighted with traffic problems since the lights were installed.

“The traffic has been moving much better than when the lights are on and there doesn’t seem to be any problems,” he said.

“Everyone seems quite confident going through the junction without the lights. There’s no tailbacks.”

Anita Tomlinson, a resident of the same road, said: “The traffic has been flowing very well since the lights went out, it’s flowing like it used to do when it was just a roundabout. I had wondered myself what would happen if all 42 lights went out but drivers are being very careful.”

Terry Fawcett, another resident, added: “We had a perfectly good roundabout before, that functioned as a roundabout should.”

The traffic lights went out on Tuesday morning and remained off yesterday. A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire council said: “The fault with the control box for the traffic lights at this junction has been of a significant nature, and is taking some time to repair.

“So far most drivers have taken extra care and remained patient whilst using the junction. However, as the pedestrian crossing facilities are not working, drivers are requested to proceed with caution.”


Traffic lights through the ages
  • 1869, London - Manual traffic control device introduced. It is abandoned after the reported injury and possibly death of a policeman, who was injured in a gas explosion.

  • 1920, Detroit - Three-coloured traffic signal built in the city of Detroit, among the first of its kind

  • 1914, Ohio - First electric traffic light is installed on August 5

  • 1952, New York City - First "Walk/Don't Walk" traffic lights set up in New York City

  • London, 1998 - Traffic light tree art project installed in the British capital

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