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Switch off and move
10:41am Monday 21st October 2013 in Letters
I HAD the misfortune to be caught up in chaos when traffic lights outside Morrisons were stuck on red. Before the cycling brigade say I should have been on a bike, I was transporting half a ton of sand and cement at the time. On other occasions I have had the good fortune to enjoy a trouble-free journey when traffic lights have failed completely with no red light to hinder anyone. All drivers proceeded with caution, traffic flowed smoothly with no congestion, no frustration, no standing vehicles and a lot less pollution. Buses got through on time. Pedestrians crossed the road easily without having to wait. Cyclists carried on as they always do.
The lesson is that traffic lights are over-used and can cause as many problems as they solve. If the council is genuinely concerned about solving road traffic issues and not simply intent on forcing drivers off the road, it would be a good idea to review all traffic lights and to switch them off whenever possible. This should be followed by a clearance of unnecessary traffic restrictions. The way to solve the transport problem is to get it moving – not to impede it.
Van driver of this parish, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York.
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