Portishead residents to be consulted on nuisance traffic lights

MEMBERS of the public will be able to voice their views on what traffic scheme should replace a set of controversial traffic lights in Portishead.

MEMBERS of the public will be able to voice their views on what traffic scheme should replace a set of controversial traffic lights in Portishead.

The lights at Cabstand regularly bring the centre of the town to a standstill since they were installed in 2004 at a cost of £800,000.

After years of protests and campaigns from residents, North Somerset Council employed consultants Halcrow to look at problems with the system and possible solutions.

The team has carried out a safety audit and traffic counts at the junction and has now given a report of its findings to the authority's highways officers who are due to make recommendations to the authority's executive member for strategic planning and transport, Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, in the next couple of weeks.


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Mr Ap Rees said: "No decision has been made about which of the options is going to be adopted.

"I want to consult with members of the public and councillors in Portishead. I want to make sure the report is available so people can understand what the different options are and the thinking behind each one."

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As the Times went to press, Mr Ap Rees was due meet with officers to discuss how to consult with members of the public before making a decision on the controversial traffic scheme.

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