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High-tech Tring Road lights will learn motorists’ behaviour (and we’re not talking about road rage)

Tring Road / Bedgrove junction traffic lights are switched on - pictured during their commisioning period

Tring Road / Bedgrove junction traffic lights are switched on - pictured during their commisioning period

New traffic lights on Tring Road are ‘working well’ and will only improve as high-tech equipment learns the behaviour of drivers, the county council has claimed.

The controversial lights on the Bedgrove junction – part of the Arla megadairy agreement – were switched on last week.

Transport chiefs say the new system is ‘working well as intended’ but are asking for drivers’ ‘patience and care’.

Dan Elworthy, spokesman for the county council, said: “The junction is being monitored by engineers and is currently going through a ‘bedding in’ process.

“This will allow motorists to get used to the new road layout and for the computer-controlled traffic lights to learn driver behaviour and traffic flow.”

When fully operational, traffic along the full length of the A41 Tring Road will be managed by the computer system.

Mr Elworthy said the remaining work, which includes a small amount of road marking, footway adjustments and general tidying, will cause minimal 
disruption for motorists and should be finished by mid-January.

UKIP councuillor Phil Gomm, who represents Aylesbury East, where the lights are situated, said initial feedback from drivers had been positive.

He said: “People have spoken to me and their relief has come across.

“Lorries are being directed by Sat Navs down Broughton Lane but we are putting some signs up to stop that.

“What I do want everybody to remember though is the upheaval they have had due to the road works so imagine what it will be like when HS2 is here!

“We may have problems on the roads for eigh to ten years and I don’t think that any figures or the true identity of that work have been revealed.”

Lights further towards the town centre at the junction with Oakfield Road were switched on in the summer.

 

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