Teenage traffic directors to the rescue in Welwyn

PUBLISHED: 12:46 13 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:49 13 March 2017

Oaklands college students Nethan Shelton and Danielle Garman, both 17, spent over 4 hours directing traffic after temporary traffic lights failed on London Road in Welwyn.

Oaklands college students Nethan Shelton and Danielle Garman, both 17, spent over 4 hours directing traffic after temporary traffic lights failed on London Road in Welwyn.

Danny Loo Photography 2017

When traffic lights broke down and caused a village snarl-up, two public-spirited teenagers stepped in to keep traffic flowing - for four hours.

Seventeen-year-old college students Nethan Shelton and his girlfriend Danielle Garman were trying to catch a bus from Welwyn to Welwyn Garden City when they realised a set of temporary traffic lights had broken, seriously disrupting traffic flow.

Nethan, who lives in Widford Road, Welwyn Garden City, said: “The lights were stuck. Everybody was complaining. Some drivers were risking it [through red lights] and it was quite dangerous.”

They told the Welwyn Hatfield Times they directed traffic in Welwyn on Monday, March 6, from 4.30pm to 8.30pm, when at last they were relieved by a police officer.

Nethan and Danielle, who lives in School Lane, Welwyn, both attend Oaklands College in Smallford.

A police spokeswoman responded: “Police received several calls from members of the public regarding temporary traffic lights being stuck on red in High Street, Welwyn.

“The initial call to police came in at 4.50pm.

“(Herfordshire) Highways were informed but an officer attended at 8.14pm as Highways workers had been unable to attend at that stage. “The young people who had been helpfully directing traffic were told they could leave.”


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