Lack of cash shelves Crawley accident junction traffic light plans

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The county council will not act on proposals to move traffic lights which people claim ‘cause accidents’ at a busy road junction.

The Tilgate Forum had raised safety concerns with the council over the ‘confusing’ right turn from Tilgate Way into Southgate Avenue.

A shuttered red traffic light comes into view as drivers turn right at the junction.

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said it would not go ahead with designs to alter the layout of the junction’s traffic signals because of funding.

Sylvia Handy, Tilgate Forum secretary said: “It is disappointing that funding is not allocated so far, but it was a solution we were offered at the Tilgate Forum which I hope will be considered in the near future.

“This is a confusing set of lights, which has caused accidents, and, with no improvement, can easily cause more.”

Duncan Crow, Conservative county councillor for Tilgate and Furnace Green, said ‘tinkering’ with the lights could cause more problems.

He believed guided bus lanes and priority given to Fastway buses on Southgate Avenue made the junction complicated.

He said the bus lanes were expensive and took up extra space on the roads.

“A normal bus lane without priority at the lights would have sufficed and have taken the need away for extra and confusing lights”, he said.

A spokesman for Metrobus said: “The councils planning the scheme felt that guideways along sections of Southgate Avenue would be better than standard bus lanes as they required less space and they are self-enforcing.

“In relation to the Tilgate Way junction, we do not believe that buses are given priority through this junction southbound and they have no impact on the functioning of it.”

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