FAST-CHANGING traffic lights that have long been a frustration for motorists have been altered – by a single second.
Derbyshire County Council revealed an extended green light period at the signals at the junction of Burton Road and Park Road on the A444, in a bid to appease disgruntled drivers.
The change was made after a detailed investigation took place, but council chiefs have since returned following further complaints that the signals last ‘just seconds’, but insisted no more changes were needed.
Paul Jameson, forum liaison manager for the county council, said: “An engineer from the council’s traffic signals department checked the signals in response to the concerns raised.
“There is adequate time for a cyclist to clear the conflict point at the junction, even from a standing start.
“The inter-green for this phase has been increased by a second (to eight seconds).”
Drivers have long called for filter signals to be changed as drivers head towards Newhall from Castle Gresley, as they often only allow enough time for one car to leave the junction.
However, highways chiefs have always said the junction fell within Department for Transport recommendations and, therefore, found ‘no need’ for alterations along a busy stretch of road that is used by hundreds of commuters daily.
Mr Jameson added: “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 matter is set to be discussed at Newhall Area Forum in July.