Traffic lights at motorway junctions to ease congestion

AN innovative scheme to reduce congestion and improve traffic flows at some of the busiest junctions on the motorway network is to be expanded to include the A1(M) junction 7 Stevenage South on the southbound carriageway and junction 6 Welwyn Garden City

AN innovative scheme to reduce congestion and improve traffic flows at some of the busiest junctions on the motorway network is to be expanded to include the A1(M) junction 7 Stevenage South on the southbound carriageway and junction 6 Welwyn Garden City on the northbound carriageway.

Work to install lights on these junctions to better regulate traffic joining the motorway was scheduled to start today (Thursday) and be completed by the summer.

Before the system goes live, the lights need to be calibrated to ensure the regulation of traffic flows are at an optimum level for traffic joining the A1(M). This takes about six weeks to complete.

Highways Agency project sponsor Kas Stucinskas said: "This system is one of the innovative techniques being introduced to deal with congestion and journey time reliability by making the best use of our existing capacity. The system will allow traffic to join the motorway more smoothly and safely.

"We have seen the system work well where it has already been implemented on other parts of the motorway network.

"Motorists joining the motorway may have a few seconds delay at the slip road lights, but there will be an overall benefit for all motorway users.

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