Ama­zon’s red lights leave fu­ri­ous drivers in a jam

The Mail on Sunday - - Tina Weaver -

IN­TER­NET gi­ant Ama­zon has in­fu­ri­ated mo­torists by set­ting up its own traf­fic lights out­side one of its ware­houses.

The firm has taken the con­tro­ver­sial step so that its army of work­ers – pack­ing thou­sands of or­ders a day for Christ­mas shop­pers – can get to and from the site quicker.

But it has an­gered res­i­dents and other work­ers in Dun­sta­ble, Bed­ford­shire, who say they face be­ing de­layed for up to an hour while they wait for Ama­zon staff to cross the road.

‘It might be get­ting Ama­zon work­ers off the ware­house site quicker, but it’s not help­ing any­one driv­ing past, is it?’ said one mo­torist stuck on Fri­day.

Ama­zon paid Cen­tral Bed­ford­shire Coun­cil to be al­lowed to set up the tem­po­rary lights be­tween Novem­ber and De­cem­ber, and they are switched on man­u­ally at the busiest times – be­tween 4am and 8am, and 4pm and 8pm. A coun­cil spokesman said: ‘Al­though funded by the com­pany, the lights have been in­stalled on a tem­po­rary ba­sis in the in­ter­ests of pub­lic safety.’

Ama­zon said: ‘The pur­pose of the lights is to ease con­ges­tion and en­sure the road is safe.’

SEE­ING RED: Drivers at the lights, cir­cled, near the Ama­zon ware­house

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