Traffic light plan for 'Bottleneck' A1(M)

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:32 26 October 2009

The A1(M) at junction six - work to install traffic lights starts today

The A1(M) at junction six - work to install traffic lights starts today

WORK on erecting traffic lights at a busy motorway junction in a bid to beat congestion starts today (Thursday). The lights will, according to the Highways Agency, better regulate vehicles joining the A1(M) northbound at junction six, Welwyn. The road net

WORK on erecting traffic lights at a busy motorway junction in a bid to beat congestion starts today (Thursday).

The lights will, according to the Highways Agency, better regulate vehicles joining the A1(M) northbound at junction six, Welwyn.

The road network there is notoriously congested at rush hour, not helped by the fact that is where the motorway reduces from three lanes to two.

But a Highways Agency spokesman insists the "innovative" scheme will help alleviate traffic.

He said: "Congestion often occurs near junctions where vehicles attempt to join from the slip road when there is already heavy traffic on the motorway.

"By releasing just a few vehicles at a time, the lights prevent the merging and motorway traffic from bunching together and forming a bottleneck that delays everyone."

* What do you think? Will it help or hinder traffic flow at the motorway junction? Email us at whtimes@archant.co.uk

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