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Temporary Traffic Light Failure in York Causes Havoc Again


5:48pm 7th May 2013

After temporary traffic lights in York failed again this morning Minster FM is asking why it keeps happening.

This morning temporary lights on Acomb Road stopped working, leading to lots of you contacting us.

It comes after several instances of temporary lights at roadworks by the Barbican failing in the last few weeks.

David Carter, Head of Network Management at City of York Council, said:

“The use of temporary traffic signals are usually associated with ‘street-works’ undertaken by utility companies or with ‘roadworks’ usually undertaken by the council. Any arrangements have to be fully in accordance with chapter 8 of the Government’s traffic signs regulations and general directions legislation.

"By their very nature traffic signals are usually needed to allow the safe operation of the associated works and can affect traffic flow and cause disruption.

"There appears to have been a failure of the temporary signal equipment used at Acomb Road, which were resolved as soon as practicably possible. A failure of this nature is most unusual and as soon as we were made aware of it, appropriate action was taken to resolve this.”

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