Candid camera

First published in Letters

THERE is a traffic camera covering a box junction in Fulham that has raised £2.7 million in a year.

Just imagine cameras on the box junctions at Bridge Foot roundabout?

Either the council would raise millions or, preferably, the traffic would flow freely as people would actually try to avoid blocking three lanes.

Currently only London councils are allowed to use cameras for this purpose. Perhaps Warrington would be as well asking for a police officer, CSO or traffic warden to monitor the box junctions from time to time.

It could help prevent some of the horrendous gridlock that affects our town.

MATTHEW CLEEVES

Howley

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6:57pm Wed 23 Jan 13

old-codger says...

There are many boxes like this in Warrington Matthew,
I have been saying the same thing for years. I must admit bridge foot is the worst one.
There are many boxes like this in Warrington Matthew, I have been saying the same thing for years. I must admit bridge foot is the worst one. old-codger
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4:29pm Thu 24 Jan 13

SAC_in_Warrington says...

Seem like a good idea to me. Come on WBC step up and employ some much needed common sense. It would be cheaper than a Traffic Cop / Warden or whatever they call them these days.
Seem like a good idea to me. Come on WBC step up and employ some much needed common sense. It would be cheaper than a Traffic Cop / Warden or whatever they call them these days. SAC_in_Warrington
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10:52am Fri 25 Jan 13

chrislee1275@aol.com says...

The fundamental issue is that it would appear the majority of drivers don't know what a box junction is!
I came through Warrington at tea time through Bridge Foot. My exit was blocked so I stopped before the box junction, complying with the road markings. Three cars pulled round me and then stopped on the boxed area. The lights changed and nothing moved in any direction. Result gridlock.
Until we get it through to people what the markings are there for I fear even cameras will make little difference. Education first then enforcement. A simple sign, as at many other box junctions stating 'Do not enter the hatched area unless your exit is clear' might be a start.
The fundamental issue is that it would appear the majority of drivers don't know what a box junction is! I came through Warrington at tea time through Bridge Foot. My exit was blocked so I stopped before the box junction, complying with the road markings. Three cars pulled round me and then stopped on the boxed area. The lights changed and nothing moved in any direction. Result gridlock. Until we get it through to people what the markings are there for I fear even cameras will make little difference. Education first then enforcement. A simple sign, as at many other box junctions stating 'Do not enter the hatched area unless your exit is clear' might be a start. chrislee1275@aol.com
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9:09am Sun 27 Jan 13

MikeJT says...

Whilst I agree with the comments about the "ignorance" of drivers and the yellow box, I would also question the timing of the lights. A number of years ago there was outrage when it was announced that many thousands of pounds were being spent on a light system for Warrington. Sold to us on the basis that a vehicle entering at either the southern or northern end of the town, would have a smooth drive through the lights. I never once witnessed this when it was introduced let alone after the redesign on Long Lane island, the new lights at Decathlon.

At any time, other than the middle of a very quiet day, there appears to be an issue with the lights at Bridge Foot. Green lights from Knutsford Road when the traffic on the bridge hasnt cleared. even if you stop short of the yellow box, you dont get to go any further because the lights from the causeway bridge have changed to green, and hence the bridge gets snarled up again.

Have I ever entered the yellow areas when the exit isnt clear. Probably yes, but this has been due to MANY years trying to read these lights so that by the time I get across the box I can continue. Have I ever actually stopped on the yellow box...not that I can remember, but I couldnt say for certain.........Many drivers however dont have the luxury of 25+ years experience of the area.
Whilst I agree with the comments about the "ignorance" of drivers and the yellow box, I would also question the timing of the lights. A number of years ago there was outrage when it was announced that many thousands of pounds were being spent on a light system for Warrington. Sold to us on the basis that a vehicle entering at either the southern or northern end of the town, would have a smooth drive through the lights. I never once witnessed this when it was introduced let alone after the redesign on Long Lane island, the new lights at Decathlon. At any time, other than the middle of a very quiet day, there appears to be an issue with the lights at Bridge Foot. Green lights from Knutsford Road when the traffic on the bridge hasnt cleared. even if you stop short of the yellow box, you dont get to go any further because the lights from the causeway bridge have changed to green, and hence the bridge gets snarled up again. Have I ever entered the yellow areas when the exit isnt clear. Probably yes, but this has been due to MANY years trying to read these lights so that by the time I get across the box I can continue. Have I ever actually stopped on the yellow box...not that I can remember, but I couldnt say for certain.........Many drivers however dont have the luxury of 25+ years experience of the area. MikeJT
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