Traffic lights on motorways? It just doesn’t make sense
Plans to install traffic lights on motorways to ease rush hour congestion have been slammed as ‘ridiculous’ by UKIP transport spokesman Jill Seymour.
Highways England plans to install lights at the junction of the M6 and M62 near Warrington, to operate during the busiest times of day, as part of a £7 million trial.
Although traffic lights already operate on many slip roads, this is the first time they will have been placed on the motorway itself.
“This is a ridiculous idea, which is wrong on so many levels,” said Mrs Seymour, a West Midlands MEP.
“It flies in the face of the latest research which shows that pollution is at its worst when cars are sitting in stationary traffic. And the Government is all too quick to penalise drivers for their emissions these days.
“Why can we not just leave this motorway system alone, and let drivers find their own perfectly sensible ways of merging into the flow of traffic?
“Instead of wasting money on this daft scheme, perhaps the Government should consider spending the £7 million by making a start on fixing potholes and repairing damaged road surfaces.”
Official figures show that the number of vehicles on our roads has risen by more than 30 per cent over the past two decades.
Mrs Seymour added: “You have to ask yourself the question – why have we seen motorway traffic grow at a faster rate than on any of our other roads?
“The answer is that, for many people, there is currently no practical or affordable alternative which is fit for purpose.”