Thursday, 21 January 2010

Terrific Lights

The saga of the linking of Central Road's traffic lights has been dragging on for years now. The whole process has crawled along even slower than the snarled up traffic that it is supposed to be remedying. Even the fit-out of the 'More Than Lofts' shop unit has been zooming along by comparison.

The idea, for those unfamiliar with the plans, is to link all of the sets of traffic lights in Worcester Park (from the junction outside the station up to the pedestrian crossing outside Pizza Express).

Rather than acting independently the lights will then 'talk to each other' and will be intelligently phased so as to encourage a steady flow of traffic (reducing the 'stop-start' effect on traffic that the lights currently have).

Way back in July 2008 I reported that the go-ahead had finally been given and the lights would all be linked by January 2009. As it turned out that was wildly optimistic as we are still waiting patiently for the works to be done.

So I shall treat with an appropriate mixture of excitement of caution the news from blog reader Jason J Hunter (Liberal Democrat Councillor Candidate for Worcester Park ward) that the phasing of the lights is on track for completion by March this year.

You can find out more (and reader further details on how the system will work) on his blog.