Get set for m-way traffic lights

PUBLISHED: 10:06 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 26 October 2009

Sliproad signals will spell an end to m-way congestion, it is hoped

Sliproad signals will spell an end to m-way congestion, it is hoped

DOES the thought of traffic lights on the motorway sound crazy to you? Well it will soon be reality in Times Territory as part of a new scheme to reduce congestion and improve traffic flows on some of the busiest sections of the A1(M).

DOES the thought of traffic lights on the motorway sound crazy to you?

Well it will soon be reality in Times Territory as part of a new scheme to reduce congestion and improve traffic flows on some of the busiest sections of the A1(M).

That includes junction four at Oldings Corner, Hatfield, where work to install lights on the southbound slip road has already started.

Traffic lights are also going up at junction three northbound, the university turning.

It is hoped the lights will prevent merging traffic from bunching together and forming a bottleneck which causes delays.

Sensors in the road monitor the congestion and adjust the timing of the lights. Traffic on the slip road is also monitored to minimise the possibilities of queues forming on the local road network.

The system has been successfully used on motorways in parts of the Midlands and the North where it has been shown to reduce congestion and improve motorway journey times by up to nine per cent.

Highways Agency project sponsor Andrew Wilson said: "This system is one of the innovative techniques being introduced by the Highways Agency to deal with congestion.

"The system will allow traffic to join the motorway more smoothly and safely."

Works are expected to be completed later this month, but it could take a further six weeks for the system to be in live use as tests are undertaken.

* What do you think about the plans? Email david.morris@archant.co.uk


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