MOTORISTS and taxi drivers have blamed alterations to traffic signals at the Skegness gyratory for causing tailbacks and making driving a ‘nightmare’.
Lincolnshire County Council modified the lighting sequence as part of road improvements to the one-way system at the bottom of Lumley Road in February.
Disruption caused by road closures during school holidays and the first tourist peak of the year baffled many drivers at the time.
And now the negative effect on traffic those changes have brought about has provoked further uproar.
Dave Daubney of Dave’s Taxis said: “Since they have altered the lights by the Lumley pub it’s become a nightmare trying to get onto the one-way system from Roman Bank because everybody blocks the junction.
“We’ve had customers complaining and last week an ambulance couldn’t get on the system because everything was at a standstill.”
Further irate comments about delays of up to 25 minutes have been posted on the Standard’s facebook page, while others fear the situation could worsen again with an influx of visitors over the Easter weekend.
Mr Daubney believes the problem lies with lights remaining on red for too long and an absence of yellow boxes, which could prevent traffic already on the gyratory from blocking approaching vehicles.
He thinks the system was superior before the alterations and that if any changes should have been made it would have been better to remove the traffic lights altogether and leave it down to driver discretion as to who has the priority.
Principal engineer for LCC Tim Clark explained that the signals were modified to reduce the delays for traffic exiting Lumley Road thereby improving bus services by allowing for more consistent journey times. He went on to say that removing flashing amber signals and ‘give way’ markings on Lumley Road was carried out to improve pedestrian safety by preventing traffic blocking the crossing and moving forward when the green man is lit.
Staggered pedestrian crossing times has also been implemented to remove previous ‘dead time’ which could occur when both crossings occurred simultaneously preventing any traffic from moving.
The green signal sequences were determined following observations of the traffic made prior to the system’s installation, however LCC will review these patterns during the Easter break and again in the summer and will also consider the suggested yellow box marking.