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#1 GJC

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 08:38 AM

It does not seem that the Contractors involved in the road works this week in Copperkins Lane and Chesham Road (near Boot & Slipper) have any idea of how to cause minimum disruption when digging holes.

Yesterday morning the traffic lights controlling the flow around road works in Copperkins Lane were showing RED at both ends leading to severe chaos in the Rush Hour. Today the traffic lights in Chesham Road were doing the same, however it looks as if the local Police realised that there was no hole for the traffic lights to protect so they moved all the signs and traffic lights on to the pavement and traffic was able to return to normal.

Sutrely there must be some system whereby Contractors wanting to use traffic lights need permission from the Council and if so there should be some way that the Council supervise the Contractors to ensure they do not leave lights in place longer than is necessary.

On a similar theme with all the Gas and Water pipe repairs over the past year it does not seem that Contractors are supervised to ensure that they remove all signage once works are completed. In Plantation Road there are still signs up on lamposts warning about road closure for resurfacing from October last. Further up the road (in Grimsdells Lane bit) the No Parking cones that were put along the road to facilitate roadworks in Shortway were still in place for at least 2 months after the Contractors had left. Again there must be somebody at the Council who approves applications for works to be done, surely they should be checking that on completion all the rubbish and signeage is removed.
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Posted 01 April 2011 - 05:05 PM

Have you tried contacting BCC or your local councillor?

I'm not sure how effective it would be, but maybe if enough people did so after they were caught up in such problems, it would at least raise the profile of such problems.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 05:32 PM

I walked along Raans Road on Wednesday night, and couldn't understand why they have traffic lights there. The only obstruction was the lights themselves.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 10:51 PM

Yesterday morning the traffic lights controlling the flow around road works in Copperkins Lane were showing RED at both ends leading to severe chaos in the Rush Hour. Today the traffic lights in Chesham Road were doing the same, however it looks as if the local Police realised that there was no hole for the traffic lights to protect so they moved all the signs and traffic lights on to the pavement and traffic was able to return to normal.

Sutrely there must be some system whereby Contractors wanting to use traffic lights need permission from the Council and if so there should be some way that the Council supervise the Contractors to ensure they do not leave lights in place longer than is necessary.


In order to place traffic lights on the road, you need a license from buckscc for the duration of the work. This has in recent years proved to be such a hassle that specialist traffic management company now deal with it. As a result a separate contractor will set up the traffic lights and a different dig the hole ect. This can create the scenario where works are completed, but lights left in place.

Traffic lights are fail safe, and should any fault occur then they will both change to red to prevent accidents. There's normally a phone number on them to call in the event of a problem. They are checked daily by contractors.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 10:50 AM

Traffic lights are fail safe, and should any fault occur then they will both change to red to prevent accidents. There's normally a phone number on them to call in the event of a problem. They are checked daily by contractors.


Not necessarily. The ones in King George's Road recently went out completely when the generator failed. Not that an accident is likely in most road works cases where you can generally see the oncoming traffic.
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Posted 06 April 2011 - 09:33 PM

Not necessarily. The ones in King George's Road recently went out completely when the generator failed. Not that an accident is likely in most road works cases where you can generally see the oncoming traffic.


David, you're quite right - obviously if they run out of electricity you won't get any light!