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What is missing from these roadworks? 05 March 2018

Just before the latest Snowpocalypse, I noticed this slightly odd set of roadworks and thought there was probably a sign missing.

This is a fairly conventional closure of half of the road. Because the single-lane bit goes round a corner and you can't see from one end to the other, there are lights to control the traffic. That's all fair enough.

Further down the hill, there are the usual "road works" and "traffic signals" signs. That's also fair enough.

But there is a road to the left – the one the orange car is coming along, in the photo – and that is not subject to the traffic lights; if you come out of it and turn right down the hill, the lights will never be facing you. So there really ought to be a "JOINING TRAFFIC NOT SIGNAL CONTROLLED" sign to warn drivers coming up the hill. (For that matter, it ought to be clearer that traffic coming up the hill and turning left is not subject to the lights – and that traffic coming from the left and turning left is.)

I realise that this is an awkward bit of road to have to close, but I think this has been done surprisingly badly. There are guides to this sort of thing, which generally get it right. Anyone know if there's a free copy available that I could check?

  1. Posted by RogerBW at 12:52pm on 16 March 2018

    These lights were taken away before the Snowpocalypse, and a new installation has now been put in – with three sets, so that the junction is under light control.

    This is obviously a Victory for this Blog.


  2. Posted by Chris at 06:32pm on 16 March 2018

    Yeah. Congratulations. We now have to wait for a three-way set of lights (controlling ooh, ten cars an hour during the day?) to let us in and out of a road from which we can see whether anything is coming down or up the hill just as we always can when there are no lights.

    A victory for common sense.

  3. Posted by RogerBW at 09:54pm on 16 March 2018

    Well, as I said, I'd just have added the "joining traffic not signal controlled" sign. But it's quite surprising to see the setup changed at all (the actual closed-off area of road is the same as before).

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