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Traffic lights – who needs ’em?!

traffic_lights2What would happen if all traffic lights were suddenly switched off?  Would there be chaos and traffic gridlock or would the queues of frustrated drivers miraculously disappear?

Well, in a brave attempt to find out if removing traffic lights will ease congestion, Ealing Council are putting the theory to the test!  For 6 months, traffic light signals at up to seven junctions in Ealing will be concealed by orange bags and drivers will be left to negotiate their way across by establishing eye contact with pedestrians and other motorists.

Council officials believe that instead of improving the flow of traffic, traffic lights lead to unnecessary delays and may even increase danger, with drivers racing towards green lights to make it through the junction before they turn back to red.

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