I have read with great interest for weeks now the various views from your readers and have several comments to make.
I use Earsdon Road to go to work at 4am.
When I am the only vehicle passing Wellfield and West Park, I could not understand why the lights would change to red and then the lights on the filter lane to West Park would turn green, when there were no other vehicles there!
For years now technology (camera/sensors) has been available to assist the safe flow of traffic at junctions and known accident black spots, so why did the ‘experts’ not implement these measures from the beginning? Perhaps costs and not safety were the consideration.
One of your readers, the traffic engineering cyclist, seems upset we scorn the findings of the ‘traffic experts’.
The writer should look at the problem from the bigger picture and not just from a cyclist’s point of view.
Safety for all road users should be paramount. Frustration would be a better description of their findings.
Another reader, Dr Hulme, has obviously done his homework into the whole debacle since the planning application and talks much common sense. Perhaps the ‘experts’ should do likewise.
In Morpeth, a local action group, the Chamber of Trade, together with other interested parties successfully defeated the ‘experts’ from Northumberland County Council after an 18-month fight against the installation of traffic lights to help the flow of traffic at peak times.
The background to these lights revolved around a new development in the town, and it was the view of the ‘experts’ that a roundabout which had been in operation for decades would need to be replaced by traffic lights.
The result was utter chaos, with traffic congestion beyond belief.
An independent consultant (expert) was employed to carry out a six-month survey on the chaos, and to everyone’s delight the ‘expert’ concluded the lights must go, and they have.
There are three similarities here to Earsdon Road: 1 a new development; 2 the developer paying a large proportion of the costs to help the planning process; 3 the views of the experts’.