Traffic Lights

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  1. Big bus man

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    Where I live in Crawley there are so many traffic lights that is can take over half an hour to get from one side of town to the other, I can take a route where I encounter 10 sets of traffic lights in 1 mile of driving and most of these seem to be timed so you catch every one of them :madder:
    Do you know any other places where you can encounter more traffic signals than this in a 1 mile stretch of road.
     
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  2. sdc77

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    London ... numerous places
     
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    Lancaster - 11 sets of lights (if you include Pelican crossings) in 0.8 miles.
     
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    Sheffield - some only just far enough apart to fit the van between them.
     
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    Problem with traffic lights is they are now centrally controlled so that each day the timing can be different. I think that those with access to this control set them so they can get about uninterrupted. Bloody council employers. :)
     
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    Where I live there are probably more than a dozen sets ot traffic lights on the route into town a distance of about one and a half miles constant queues at peak times and travel time of twenty minutes is not uncommon its quicker to walk :eek:
     
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    have you noticed a small aerial on many sets of traffic lights? designed for emergency vehicles to over ride for obvious reasons. but there is a phone app about that also emits the correct signal for some not all traffic lights
     
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    The A6 through Stockport up to the split to Buxton road if you can hit the first set @29 mph you get them all on green. When I was driving tippers our first run in the morning @5am the four of us could get up there very easily, later in the day not so but the 29mph still worked if you could manage it.
     
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    Torbay seems to be obsessed with traffic lights.
    What drives me up the wall is drivers who look at the green light ( even with a bloody arrow on it sometimes to give a further clue) then think, then crawl forward. Never looking in their mirror to see the queue behind, who are now held at the lights again because they change so quickly.
     
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    That arrangement used to be a general rule but I think it may have since been overcome in many places by volume of traffic and/or pedestrian crossing phases.
     
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    We have no traffic lights in our town, in fact there are none in the whole county though we do have three Panda crossings all told. There used to be just four roundabouts then someone invented mini-roundabouts and they bred.
     
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    The first mini roundabout in the form of the white circular blob (rather than the Peterborough concrete pimple) was at the junction of the A172 and Clairville Road in Middlesbrough, here. It was put in place in the 1980s and is still there today.
     
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    I'll second that!! Huddersfield has a ridiculous amount of traffic lights and they definitely dont improve traffic flow! Must be a Yorkshire thing
     
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    Proves a point, traffic lights dont work.

    Scarboroughs valleybridge parade/somerset terrace and the northway/victoria road ligjts quite often fail.....and traffic flows smoothly and quicker when they are down.
     
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    Other than outside Fire Stations (not from the vehicle) or in some bus only areas I've not heard of any vehicles being able to control traffic lights. Most traffic lights with aerials are part of a local transport network scheme.
     
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    AS, did the aforesaid A1174 Junction when the system went into meltdown!!

    Pere
     
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    Emergency service vehicles were fitted with devices to control traffic lights when I worked with them back in the 1980s.
     
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    When Scarboroughs park n ride bus lane (A165) was first introduced the park n ride buses had transducers fitted to favour green lights to the bus lane.
    Didnt last long though.
    Now if the buslane light is red they simply lane jump into the non bus lane.....but you try jumping into theirs, under threat of death.
     
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