Wait­ing goes on for traf­fic light changes

Res­i­dents frus­trated that coun­cil has not acted

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A VIL­LAGER has re­vived an on­go­ing row about a road lay­out af­ter ex­press­ing his con­cerns over a con­tro­ver­sial set of traf­fic lights.

And 82-year-old Brian Ish­er­wood, who lives on Lower Road, Chal­font St Peter, has been left ‘puz­zled@ as to why noth­ing has been done about the lights on Pack­horse Road, Ger­rards Cross and feels as though ‘no­body cares’.

He said: “From my point of view when­ever I get in there I get held up at those traf­fic lights for no rea­son.

He added: “Why don’t they do some­thing about it? It’s been a good few years since the lights were put there.”

The lights, known to vil­lagers as the ‘Tesco lights’, have been the source of much an­noy­ance to vil­lagers, who have said they are dan­ger­ous and cause traf­fic con­ges­tion.

Mr Ish­er­wood said: “It looks as though some­body doesn’t want to ad­mit they got it wrong. They must know those lights hold peo­ple up.”

And Mr Ish­er­wood says he is at a loss to ex­plain why the lights were put there in the first place, say­ing the road lay­out was per­fectly fine be­fore the al­ter­ations.

He said: “And why we need three sets of lights is hard to see, it’s not at all clear to me.”

He added: “It makes me feel as though no­body cares.”

Ger­rards Cross Parish Coun­cil chair­man Chris Brown said: “I must say I am dis­ap­pointed that Bucks County Coun­cil (BCC) does not seem to be giv­ing this the pri­or­ity it de­serves.

“Tesco has

agreed

to both pay for and im­ple­ment phase one of the im­prove­ments. All BCC has to do is say yes. It can’t be that dif­fi­cult.”

Mark Shaw, port­fo­lio holder for trans­porta­tion at BCC, said: “Dis­cus­sions are cur­rently tak­ing place be­tween Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil and Tesco to agree suit­able dates for work to be un­der­taken.

“It is en­vis­aged that the works as­so­ci­ated with the Ex­per­i­men­tal Traf­fic Reg­u­la­tion Or­der (ETRO) will be com­pleted prior to the end of the year. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion will be is­sued once a pro­gramme has been agreed.”

>> See page 12 and Life&Leisure

All BCC has to do is say yes. It can’t be that

dif­fi­cult.”

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Con­trib­uted

OPEN: Mark Shaw with Sara Ran­dle of Cy­cle Chilterns (cen­tre), and Chiltern Rail­ways’ Malachy McGirr and Tim O’Sul­li­van by the new racks at Great Mis­senden sta­tion

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