M65 motorway roundabout lights at Guide to go back on this week

This Is Lancashire: Traffic lights at Guide roundabout should be back in action by the end of this week Traffic lights at Guide roundabout should be back in action by the end of this week

TRAFFIC chaos at a motorway roundabout in Blackburn is to end as repairs are carried out on traffic lights at Guide this week.

Lights at the junction of the M65, which were installed nearly three years ago and are designed to keep traffic moving, were switched off at Junction 5 in mid-November after sensors malfunctioned, causing queues on the motorway and local roads.

Give-way signs have been in place at the roundabout since the traffic lights were switched off.

But the Highways Agency has announced the lights are due to be turned back on later this week, after new sensors, programmed to operate effectively, have been fitted on Thursday, with lights back in operation by the next day.

Sensors will monitor traffic and synchronise lights, so that traffic does not queue down the slip roads.

While the work is carried out, the slip roads and Haslingden Road will be reduced to one lane on the approach to the roundabout, and the roundabout will also be reduced to one lane.

Motorists should expect delays from 9.30am until 3.30pm on Thursday.

David Wild, project manager at the Highways Agency, said: “We had hoped to switch the lights back on by now but unfortunately the sensors took longer to arrive and programme than anticipated.

“We switched off the lights temporarily as the problem with the sensors was causing traffic to tail back on slip roads and local roads.

“When the lights are synchronised, this will prevent traffic from queueing back onto the motorway.

“We’d like to thank drivers for their patience while the lights have been off.”

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7:23pm Tue 10 Dec 13

M.DANNY says...

Sensors arrived late ? did they not try Ebays or China ?
Traffic lights go out and you have wait months for them to be back in action waiting for parts like sensors.
First it was Whalley Range now M65 Motorways ? Why don't BWD Council stock up these parts.
With the world of Shopping online today they could have bought the parts from other parts of the world far quicker.
Sensors arrived late ? did they not try Ebays or China ? Traffic lights go out and you have wait months for them to be back in action waiting for parts like sensors. First it was Whalley Range now M65 Motorways ? Why don't BWD Council stock up these parts. With the world of Shopping online today they could have bought the parts from other parts of the world far quicker. M.DANNY

11:40pm Tue 10 Dec 13

s_smith says...

Ahh good to see a know-it-all has a keyboard... yes of course because all these things are just "off the shelf" items and are just "plug and play". Yes... right. And what has Whalley Range got to do with anything?

Oh, just as an aside, these lights aren't run by BWD Council... theyre run by the Highways Agency - aka Central Government.
Ahh good to see a know-it-all has a keyboard... yes of course because all these things are just "off the shelf" items and are just "plug and play". Yes... right. And what has Whalley Range got to do with anything? Oh, just as an aside, these lights aren't run by BWD Council... theyre run by the Highways Agency - aka Central Government. s_smith

12:48am Wed 11 Dec 13

Sajdin says...

s_smith wrote:
Ahh good to see a know-it-all has a keyboard... yes of course because all these things are just "off the shelf" items and are just "plug and play". Yes... right. And what has Whalley Range got to do with anything?

Oh, just as an aside, these lights aren't run by BWD Council... theyre run by the Highways Agency - aka Central Government.
He's right!
[quote][p][bold]s_smith[/bold] wrote: Ahh good to see a know-it-all has a keyboard... yes of course because all these things are just "off the shelf" items and are just "plug and play". Yes... right. And what has Whalley Range got to do with anything? Oh, just as an aside, these lights aren't run by BWD Council... theyre run by the Highways Agency - aka Central Government.[/p][/quote]He's right! Sajdin

11:41am Wed 11 Dec 13

ricksh says...

M.DANNY wrote:
Sensors arrived late ? did they not try Ebays or China ?
Traffic lights go out and you have wait months for them to be back in action waiting for parts like sensors.
First it was Whalley Range now M65 Motorways ? Why don't BWD Council stock up these parts.
With the world of Shopping online today they could have bought the parts from other parts of the world far quicker.
BWD Council dont control the traffic signals on junction 5 of the M65 its down to the highways agency to fix them
[quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: Sensors arrived late ? did they not try Ebays or China ? Traffic lights go out and you have wait months for them to be back in action waiting for parts like sensors. First it was Whalley Range now M65 Motorways ? Why don't BWD Council stock up these parts. With the world of Shopping online today they could have bought the parts from other parts of the world far quicker.[/p][/quote]BWD Council dont control the traffic signals on junction 5 of the M65 its down to the highways agency to fix them ricksh

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