Amazon’s red lights leave furious drivers in a jam
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