Cabstand lights to change?

THE controversial Cabstand in Portishead could soon undergo major changes as the new-look North Somerset Council pledged to end the junction's

THE controversial Cabstand in Portishead could soon undergo major changes as the new-look North Somerset Council pledged to end the junction's traffic turmoil.Just hours after 43 Conservatives took control of the authority, after the local elections, leader Nigel Ashton ordered a group of his Portishead councillors to review the traffic lights and come up with a way solving the problems at the junction.Since the Cabstand lights were introduced protests and petitions from the town's residents have urged the council to rethink the problem junction, which causes queues of frustrated drivers every day.Cllr Ashton said: "On the Friday morning after elections I asked David Jolley, Reyna Knight and David Pasley to have a meeting to come up with a process of reviewing Cabstand to see what can be improved."We all know it is not perfect, and the councillors will be taking into account that 2,000 new homes will be soon added to Portishead with even more traffic as a result."When there is traffic sitting at the lights and no one is moving it's ridiculous, that is clearly is wrong."The fact is there are too many cars. I am sure we can improve waiting times and performance of the system." Councillor David Jolley was first elected onto the authority on the back of a campaign based on changing the Cabstand situation.* Millions of pounds are to be spent on the district's roads by making cuts to other council services.A complete review of every department at North Somerset Council has been ordered to try to identify where money can be saved to spend on the area's crumbling roads.The Conservative party, which won a massive 41 seats in last week's local elections to take control of the authority, promised voters it would make repairing the road network one of its top priorities.Group leader Nigel Ashton ordered the review as one of his first acts after the elections.


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