Anger over lights delay

ANNOYED residents have been asking why traffic lights on one of Barnstaple's busiest crossings were put out of action for more than two weeks. Town councillor Simon Harvey has received numerous complaints from people struggling to negotiate the two lanes

ANNOYED residents have been asking why traffic lights on one of Barnstaple's busiest crossings were put out of action for more than two weeks.Town councillor Simon Harvey has received numerous complaints from people struggling to negotiate the two lanes of the busy Inner Relief Road at Gaydon Street, just off the Vicarage Street roundabout.The upgrading work was being carried out on behalf of Devon County Council, but Mr Harvey said there had been no consultation or advance warning and no alternative arrangements put in place for pedestrians."They said it was dangerous to cross, with the amount of traffic there and two lanes on both sides, so there's not a lot of time to get across" he said."I asked county highways why there was no temporary crossing and they said they didn't normally make provision for them."A Devon County Council spokesman said: "The upgrade of the signals was due to be completed on Wednesday, April 8, but at commissioning a circuit board failed and a spare was not immediately available.This part had to come from the contractor's head office at Poole. The signals were working again by Wednesday, April 15.


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