Easing congestion?

I have received a reply to my congestion busting suggestions from the Roads Minister. She says:

The Department is “delivering the street manager project which will be a new digital service for planning and managing street and roadworks. …every organisation will be using it from 1 April 2020”

“With regards to your suggestions about rephasing traffic lights, you will be pleased to know that we have advocated this approach for many years. Responsive systems monitor traffic flow using sensors and automatically adjust timings as needed. At busy times the main road will be prioritised with the signals working to reduce queue lengths on all approaches as far as possible. The default is usually to leave the signals resting on green on the main road in the absence of any demands for side roads, particularly at quiet times.”

Armed with this support for some of my ideas I will send this to Wokingham Borough where rephasing is needed on crucial junctions.

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  1. John Halsall
    Posted February 11, 2020 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Dear John,
    I am delighted that the Minister agrees that the way forward what we have in train,
    Wokingham Borough leading the way!
    John Halsall
    Wokingham Borough Council

    Reply Great news. I look forward to the rephasing of the Winnersh Crossroads lights and the Winnersh by pass lights.

  2. Dennis
    Posted February 12, 2020 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    ‘The default is usually to leave the signals resting on green on the main road in the absence of any demands for side roads, particularly at quiet times.”

    This solution was used in the 1950s! Remember the rubber strip activator across the side road?

    Better to reduce the population and solve all the other congestion problems.

  3. Alan Jutson
    Posted February 13, 2020 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Amazing old ideas being recycled after being binned by the so called progressives !

    Look forward to the new/old system being used.

    Any news on the expensive coloured resin spray which causes road surfaces to wear out at a faster rate than normal.
    Will this be curtailed as well.?

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