HERTS County Council should consider keeping the traffic lights at the Dome roundabout off permanently, say Watford Mayor Dorothy Thornhill and local Lib Dem councillors.
Turning the lights off during the current work on cycle lanes has improved traffic flow in the area. This has led to calls for the switch-off to be made permanent.
Meriden and Tudor Liberal Democrat County councillor Kareen Hastrick says: ‘The lights were put in so that pedestrians and cyclists could cross safely, but the effect is to hold up traffic even when there is nobody crossing. This has meant traffic congestion, not just there, but on other roads across a wide area.’
Mayor Dorothy Thornhill said, "While pedestrians’ and cyclists’ safety is paramount, I believe both needs can be met. It should be possible to stop traffic only when it’s really necessary, so that we can have a safe, free-flowing junction. I am grateful that County Councillor Derek Scudder has followed this up and discussed keeping the lights off with county councillors. However, it seems that they are very reluctant to do so - even though the benefits are clear.
"That's why I have launched a petition to call for suggested solutions to be properly examined. A petition will force county officers to look into this. There are clear traffic benefits and I believe we can balance a free-flowing junction with road safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
The petition can be signed on line at online here.