Driv­ers hit out over traf­fic sig­nal junc­tion de­lays

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - By LAURA HART­LEY

PART-TIME traf­fic sig­nals at a ma­jor junc­tion have been caus­ing de­lays, mean­ing mo­torists have been stuck in long queues dur­ing rush hour.

Sig­nals at the junc­tion of A45 near Miller and Carter are sup­posed to be on when there is a par­tic­u­lar amount of con­ges­tion.

Dur­ing the last week of the usu­ally quiet Christ­mas hol­i­days some mo­torists were al­ready stuck in traf­fic.

On Tuesday night, af­ter schools and work­ers went back af­ter Christ­mas, com­muters try­ing to travel south out of the city via Leam­ing­ton Road were caught in long queues head­ing to­wards the A45.

The traf­fic lights meant cars and vans were queu­ing all the way back to Stivichall Croft, 0.7miles from the is­land, dur­ing the evening rush hour.

Be­fore the lights were switched on, traf­fic would nor­mally queue for about 0.1miles to get to the is­land where Miller and Carter and Robins and Day are lo­cated.

One frus­trated driver said: “It was a night­mare. Pre­sum­ably the lights are to help traf­fic move quicker but it is just the op­po­site.

“I don’t know what the af­fect is on traf­fic go­ing up and down the A45 but it has choked Leam­ing­ton Road.”

There were also long queues try­ing to reach the is­land from the di­rec­tion of Stoneleigh - along St Martin’s Road.

One Twit­ter user tweeted Coven­try City Coun­cil last week to switch the lights off.

The tweet said: “coven­trycc can you switch off the tem­po­rary lights on the A45 Ken­pass High­way roundabout, even with­out the schools back traf­fic was a night­mare this morn­ing, queue­ing back to the A444 Head­ing West.

“It will be chaos when the amount of traf­fic is back to nor­mal next week.”

How­ever, an­other mo­torist on Twit­ter finds the new part time sig­nals a help to their com­mute.

They posted a rather ex­cited GIF and said: “OMG the part time traf­fic lights are work­ing on A45 and Leam­ing­ton Road!! Whoo hoo! Can cross the A45 safely. Thanks coven­tryc­cjd­freera­diomir­i­cle­shap­pen.”

How­ever Coven­try City Coun­cil has said they have been work­ing with traf­fic sig­nal en­gi­neers and seen a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in the traf­fic flow at the junc­tion de­spite mo­torists ex­pe­ri­enc­ing mis­ery at the junc­tion.

Speak­ing last week, a spokesman said: “We have been work­ing with our traf­fic sig­nal en­gi­neers at the part time traf­fic sig­nals on Leam­ing­ton Road/A45 and to­day have seen a no­table im­prove­ment in traf­fic flow at the junc­tion.

“Over the past 12 to 24 months we have been up­grad­ing a num­ber of traf­fic sig­nals along the A45 as it car­ries a high vol­ume of traf­fic.

“We are aware that Mon­day will be par­tic­u­larly busy fol­low­ing the Christ­mas break and with schools re­turn­ing so again we will have en­gi­neers on site to mon­i­tor the traf­fic flow.

“In the com­ing weeks, once new up­grad­ing is com­pleted on all sig­nals on the A45 there should be an im­prove­ment dur­ing peak hours.”

The Tele­graph has asked the coun­cil what the aim is for the switchon and what feed­back they have had.

The junc­tion, is one of the ma­jor com­muter routes for peo­ple along the A45 to and from Birm­ing­ham, and be­tween Coven­try and Leam­ing­ton via Stoneleigh.

News Re­porter laura.hart­[email protected]­plc.com

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