14:11 Sunday 02 February 2014

A444 trouble junction changes not needed

Written byROB SMYTH

Park Road / A444, Newhall.... Park Road / A444, Newhall....

A DETAILED investigation into traffic signals that last ‘just seconds’ on a busy road has dismissed driver concerns.

Derbyshire County Council were forced to take a closer look at problems with the lights at the junction of Burton Road and Park Road on the A444 following a series of complaints from motorists who regularly use the road.

Drivers were calling for filter signals to be changed as drivers go towards Newhall from Castle Gresley as they often only allow enough time for only one car to use the junction.

However, highways chiefs have revealed that the junction fell with in Department of Transport recommendations and, therefore, found ‘no need’ for alterations along the busy stretch of road used by hundreds of commuters.

Paul Jameson, forum liaison manager for the authority, said: “The signal timings have been checked and are correct.

“Reports are regularly received from drivers and cyclists complaining of insufficient time to navigate the junction.

“It was reported to the council that the filter light on traffic lights along the A444 towards Newhall from Castle Gresley had not been coming on properly.

“The right turn filter arrow is designed to activate when there is a certain number of cars waiting to turn, so that it is not called on unnecessarily.

“The county council’s traffic signals department has confirmed that the timings are satisfactory, with sufficient time provided within the ‘inter green’ phase for one to two queuing vehicles to turn right and clear the junction.

“As such, the right turn filter arrow will only be called on when more vehicles are queuing.”

“However, changing the timings for these occasional instances would result in delays to traffic for the rest of the time.

“The timings are well within the Department of Transport recommendations for the area and the signals have been in operation since 2002.”

This comes after last year the area missed out on being an area included in a £175,000 road repair and improvement scheme.

The money was part of a £35 million package Derbyshire County Council is spending on improving the roads in 2013-14.

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