‘Extreme heat’ is to blame for the issues with the lights at the controversial new through-about on the Avon Ring Road. There were reports that the lights on the A4174 experienced problems throughout the day yesterday (July 19), being on and off.
The £6.9m changes to the roundabout, also known as Woodstock, were criticised as “dangerous” and a “huge waste of money” when it reopened in October. However, South Gloucestershire Council leader Cllr Toby Savage has previously urged people not to jump to conclusions and insists through-abouts are safe and work well in other parts of the country.
His words defending the through-about came after the death of a teenager in a crash back in April. South Gloucestershire Council has now shared a statement regarding the light problems.
A spokesperson for South Gloucestershire Council said: “Highways Engineers from our StreetCare team have been working to resolve an issue affecting the traffic signals at the through-about on the A4174, which has been caused by the extreme heat we’ve experienced over the past two days.
“The signals are now operational, but we will be monitoring them closely to ensure the issue does not return.”
Police is also aware of the issue. A spokeswoman for Avon and Somerset Police said: “We are aware of issues with the traffic lights at the A4174 junction with Wraxall Road which have been reported to South Gloucestershire Council’s highways team.”
A driver who drove throughout the roundabout while the lights were not working last night described it as an “absolute death trap”. Edward MacGowan, 47, who lives in Kingswood, said: “The through-about has been a disaster since day one. It’s unsafe at the best of times, with no lights it’s an absolute death trap. For the authorities to let it happen for hours on end after everything that has happened there is negligence, pure and simple.”
According to social media users, it seems there were issues with the lights all day yesterday, but with them working intermittently including at around 5pm.