Traffic lights cause hold-ups

STOCK PIC TRAFFIC, QUEUES, SKERTON BRIDGE, LANCASTER.
STOCK PIC TRAFFIC, QUEUES, SKERTON BRIDGE, LANCASTER.

Traffic flow on Lancaster’s one way system is suffering due to poor traffic light management, according to the city’s taxi trade.

Andy Kay, chair of the Lancaster City Hackney Proprietors Association, said the traffic lights in the city are working independently of eachother, causing tailbacks and delays.

He said: “The original system allowed you to go round the gyratory system at 26mph. So when you got a green, you were guaranteeed a green all the way round. Now it backs up from Parliament Street, and it’s almost impossible to get a run of green lights.

Lancashire County Council said that new communication links would help to reduce traffic on the city’s roads. A spokesman said: “We are replacing the old telephone line links to the traffic signal junction controllers with modern broadband links.

“At the moment some of the junctions are not connected to our control centre and work independently of each other.

“Once the new communication links are installed we can synchronise all the traffic lights on the city’s road network to minimise delays to traffic.

“The new communication links should be more reliable than the old system and bring a marginal improvement in traffic flow through the city.

“The work is expected to be completed later this spring.

Lancashire County Council also says that the new Heysham M6 Link Road currently under construction should also improve traffic flow through Lancaster.