Many of them are not needed
I READ with a wry smile on my face at the very interesting article by Simon Brookes (Bristol Post September 11) for his small amount of time spent getting that large amount of information about the traffic lights at the top of Blackboy Hill.
I agree with him over all his points, misguided initial expense, inefficiency, wasted time, pollution.
The article says it all, the city council, I believe, is trying to get back the money lost in Iceland by buying shares in the manufacturer of traffic lights that keep supplying Bristol with their equipment.
Who is the person (I would like to meet with them) who has decided that this junction, and countless others, need traffic lights?
Is it the same person that has decided we need traffic lights on roundabouts?
Correct me if I am wrong, the Highway Code says "Give way to traffic on the right" at roundabouts.
How many people reading this letter have waited at a red light during the day, when there has been no other traffic coming around the roundabout.
I also believe that we have all experienced traffic light failure and noticed how well the traffic flows without them.
Mr Brookes should ask some of us road users to take a little time out and pick a particular set of pointless traffic lights, and get a similar amount of information to him, to add to his portfolio, to try to get someone to see sense.
I recall the Bristol Post campaigning to get unnecessary traffic lights switched off.