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End of road for A41 chaos? New Bedgrove lights switched on today

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

Controversial new traffic lights - the construction of which has caused road rage for scores of Aylesbury drivers and residents - are finally being switched on today.

The Tring Road lights at Bedgrove and Broughton Lane, replacing the roundabout, have been under construction for months but will go live after rush hour, ahead of schedule.

Transport chiefs hope the lights will bring relief for motorists, whose journeys have been blighted by long delays along the road.

The switch on at Bedgrove is the culmination of work that began back in January, with the changes agreed as part of the deal to allow the Arla megadairy near Aston Clinton to go ahead.

But while bosses will hope the end of construction brings some relief, they have admitted that there was never any pressure on Arla to make the junctions any better, with the company only required not to create a ‘severely’ worse situation.

Bucks County Councillor Phil Gomm, who represents Aylesbury East, where the lights are situated, said he hopes people begin to see an improvement.

Mr Gomm said: “Now will be the time to see if they’re going to work together like I have been told.

“Once they get things operating I think it will make it work a lot better than it has been.

“I will be glad to see the junction opening up again. It’s going to be a fantastic relief for everybody.

“It’s going to improve the situation that we are in but it’s not going to solve the problem of the amount of traffic coming into the area. It’s not a permanent fix.”

The Bucks Herald letters pages have been inundated with complaints about the Bedgrove works and the King Edward Avenue/Oakfield lights.

What do you think of the new lights? Write to use at letters@bucksherald.co.uk

 

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