Green light for return of road signals

Coun John Jones, Blackpool Council
Coun John Jones, Blackpool Council
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Traffic lights at a busy roundabout are to be switched back on.

The signals at Plymouth Road roundabout have been absent for some months while upgrade work is carried out, prompting calls from some drivers for the council to remove the lights permanently because they say traffic flow has improved.

However pedestrians say it is more difficult to cross.

Now the lights are being returned, but will stay green for longer at off-peak times, and traffic flow will be monitored for a year.

Coun John Jones, council cabinet member for transport, said: “Since the traffic signals were turned off a few weeks ago, I’ve received a number of varied comments from people about using the roundabout.

“Drivers have told have me that they feel it’s easier to drive through without the lights but pedestrians have said that they find crossing the road more difficult now.

“It’s an extremely difficult balance, but we want to find a solution whereby it’s easier and safer for everybody.

“We need to take a longer look at it and how it copes at different periods of the year.”