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Traffic light timing
« on: October 22, 2018, 07:11:47 AM »
Kirkcaldy must have some of the worst timed traffic lights in the land. This morning I was going for fuel, which saw me hitting about half the traffic lights in the town. Despite a fair part of my journey being on the main A921 through the town I was stopped at almost every light. It is as if they are timed to play awkward bu@@ers. As I approached a green light it would change to red before sitting like that for a full minute or do. There is very little traffic about at 06:30 so I would sit and wait while nothing came through on the green light! Actually, there were three lights, which after sitting for my minute, changed in my favour just as a car approached them from the side road! So it is not just me they have a grudge against!!
There is one set of lights that has a three minute cycle, day and night, and you can regularly sit there with nothing crossing your path. They are even on a bus route. The drivers must get really pi$$ed with them.
There is another set of lights, that recently was put in in place of a roundabout. And they work as a four way set, with only one direction green at a time. It has decimated the amount of traffic using that junction, and, according to the checkout operators of the filling station beside them, the amount of trade they do.
It is little wonder I see many drivers jumping the lights at that time of the morning. One van driver regularly treats a red light, at the three minute junction, as a Give Way sign!

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Re: Traffic light timing
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2018, 03:01:37 PM »
Didn't an MP - some time ago now - propose a system where they were turned off at off peak times?

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Re: Traffic light timing
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2018, 03:11:44 PM »
One van driver regularly treats a red light, at the three minute junction, as a Give Way sign!
I think the system of treating a red light as Give Way for Left turns makes eminent sense. Seems to work (for Right turns of course) in the USA.

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Re: Traffic light timing
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2018, 03:16:39 PM »
Didn't an MP - some time ago now - propose a system where they were turned off at off peak times?

Don't know about peak times, but plenty of calls for them to be turned off outside peak times when they are generally just a nuisance.   Some of the 'part time' traffic lights by us work 24/7 and used to stop me when on my way to work at 4-30am when i was often the only vehicle on the roads - madness.....   Lucy Allan our local MP has raised the topic of useless traffic lights,  she just does not see the need for many of them.     https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/politics/2017/10/25/telford-traffic-light-concerns-raised-at-westminster/

You could left turn on a red light in Australia,  but it was not a blanket thing, there had to be a sign saying it was permitted at that particular junction.
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Re: Traffic light timing
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2018, 03:47:35 PM »
When I was working in California, the right turn on red was permitted which was very handy. Where I was it was permitted at every light, unless it was signed otherwise. I also liked the fact that for left turns, you were not permitted to cross over the oncoming lane until they got a red and you had a green filter.
Some countries switch traffic lights to flashing amber at quiet times, and they then become 4 way Stops.
I also like the lights they have in China and Japan, where the green displays a timer, counting down the time you have till they change.

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