UPDATE 13/10/15 The timings on the lights to exit High Street have been lengthened today. Let us know if you see an improvement!
A fault with traffic light timings at a busy Longbridge Lane junction has caused long delays for traffic trying to exit the High Street. Queues stretched from Sainsburys car park, with frustrated drivers left waiting as just 3 or 4 vehicles made it through each green light.
One customer of Sainsburys, Dave Harte, said that the lights to exit into Longbridge Lane were only staying green for around 6 seconds.
Dan Phelps tweeted: “Ridiculous queues to get out of [Longbridge]. Going to be so much worse when M&S opens. @B31Voices please tell me there is a plan.”
The timings on the traffic lights have always been short for the cars exiting High Street. However, as the town centre is developing and getting busier, the effect on traffic queues seems to be worsening.
After being contacted yesterday (Friday 9th October) by St Modwen’s Mike Murray, Longbridge Councillor Andy Cartwright requested that Amey, who are responsible for maintenance of traffic lights across the city, attend the lights and address the issue.
Amey said that the situation was not an emergency and would be attended to on Monday.
However, businesses in Longbridge were concerned about the effect on their customers.
Cllr Cartwright said: “I contacted Amey who told me they were coming out, which they did. They then said it was not an emergency.
“I was also contacted by the manager of Sainsburys, who is shocked they have not acted. I will be talking to the press later as this is not fair on local residents and businesses.”
Have you been affected by this issue? Will it put you off returning to Longbridge town centre?