Residents play traffic cops as lights get stuck on red

Residents play traffic cops as lights get stuck on red

Residents play traffic cops as lights get stuck on red

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Residents have been forced to resort to playing traffic cops for more than two hours after traffic lights became stuck on red.

Members of the public have taken traffic control into their own hands after temporary traffic lights in Lewes Road around the Vogue Gyratory developed a fault and became stuck on red in both directions at about 4pm tonight. [Wed]

Residents, employees and a passing artist are all trying to ease the congestion by painting homemade signs to warn people about the possible delays.

Glenn Cabell, who works in nearby Dragon Chinese Food Store and is a former engineer, said he had been contacting the firm responsible for the lights, Response Traffic Management, on several occasions but was told they had not been able to get an employee to the site.

Mr Cabell offered to fix the lights himself but was told the control panel was padlocked so he and resident Chris Pootts designed their own signs.

Passing artist Kim Bodycombe, travelling from her seafront studio to her Coombe Road home, then got out her paints to create a bigger sign.

Sussex Police officers are also now on site directing traffic as well as Brighton and Hove Bus Company staff to prevent the light failure from severely disrupting bus services. 

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7:44pm Wed 3 Sep 14

lewes road low life says...

I was caught up in this confusuion on my way home this evening, their actions are very commendable but why should they have to do this ?
WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU PLAYING AT GREEN PARTY ? WHAT EXACTLY ARE WE PAYING YOU FOR ? Close the door on your way out you useless idiots.
I was caught up in this confusuion on my way home this evening, their actions are very commendable but why should they have to do this ? WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU PLAYING AT GREEN PARTY ? WHAT EXACTLY ARE WE PAYING YOU FOR ? Close the door on your way out you useless idiots. lewes road low life
  • Score: 30

8:42pm Wed 3 Sep 14

lewes road low life says...

Like to add, I passed this at approx 6.15 pm, I saw no employees from bus company although the lewes road depot is a 5 min walk away and the lights had been stuck on red for over 2 hours , or any police presence, well in to peak rush hour. Was I the only motorist quite perplexed to see a member of the public ushering me through a red traffic light ? fair play to them for trying to keep traffic moving but where would they have stood had it all gone ti ts up and somebody had an accident ? Not only is this green council completely incompetent and causing unbelievable congestion with their unworkable traffic schemes , they seem unable to initiate a rapid response to the failure of temporary traffic lights on one of the busiest road junctions in the town at rush hour and leave it to well meaning members of the public !
Like to add, I passed this at approx 6.15 pm, I saw no employees from bus company although the lewes road depot is a 5 min walk away and the lights had been stuck on red for over 2 hours , or any police presence, well in to peak rush hour. Was I the only motorist quite perplexed to see a member of the public ushering me through a red traffic light ? fair play to them for trying to keep traffic moving but where would they have stood had it all gone ti ts up and somebody had an accident ? Not only is this green council completely incompetent and causing unbelievable congestion with their unworkable traffic schemes , they seem unable to initiate a rapid response to the failure of temporary traffic lights on one of the busiest road junctions in the town at rush hour and leave it to well meaning members of the public ! lewes road low life
  • Score: 21

8:51pm Wed 3 Sep 14

well i never says...

a tip for the future, when battery lights fail and it is not possible to simply turn them off and on at the control panel, turn the whole unit round quarter of a turn so the light is not facing traffic and lay the signs down flat.
The motorists will then work it out them selves, but bravo for the action you took.
a tip for the future, when battery lights fail and it is not possible to simply turn them off and on at the control panel, turn the whole unit round quarter of a turn so the light is not facing traffic and lay the signs down flat. The motorists will then work it out them selves, but bravo for the action you took. well i never
  • Score: 15

8:53pm Wed 3 Sep 14

BeeJam says...

What a surprise no-one from the contractors was able to get to the site to sort this mess out. This demonstrates exactly the kind of priority currently being given to getting these flipping stupid roadworks finished in any reasonable timeframe and minismising inconvenience and disruption to residents and visitors.

This council have NO RIGHT to inflict the kind of misery currently being heaped on drivers in B&H.

I am furious about the amount of arterial routes currently affected by some roadwork/improvement or other. I have recently written to the highways dept via their complaints dept and 5 weeks later... surprise surprise, no reply, despite chasing. I have now written to the BHCC Chief Executive demanding a response. Still nothing. Who the hell does this council think they are? They work for us, not the other way around.

SORT IT OUT you incompetent fools.
What a surprise no-one from the contractors was able to get to the site to sort this mess out. This demonstrates exactly the kind of priority currently being given to getting these flipping stupid roadworks finished in any reasonable timeframe and minismising inconvenience and disruption to residents and visitors. This council have NO RIGHT to inflict the kind of misery currently being heaped on drivers in B&H. I am furious about the amount of arterial routes currently affected by some roadwork/improvement or other. I have recently written to the highways dept via their complaints dept and 5 weeks later... surprise surprise, no reply, despite chasing. I have now written to the BHCC Chief Executive demanding a response. Still nothing. Who the hell does this council think they are? They work for us, not the other way around. SORT IT OUT you incompetent fools. BeeJam
  • Score: 18

8:58pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Brightonlad86 says...

Shocking!! Absolutely shocking! As if temporary lights were not bad enough!

Perhaps those the gave up their time should be paid for their efforts and this money deducted from the company responsible for installing the lights.

I'm not sure how the Green Party, and I also love pointing the finger at them, can be blamed for this though, unless Kitcat and co. are in charge of the project. It's a bit like blaming a home owner for employing cowboy builders. You pay your money in good faith. The company c*cked it up...
Shocking!! Absolutely shocking! As if temporary lights were not bad enough! Perhaps those the gave up their time should be paid for their efforts and this money deducted from the company responsible for installing the lights. I'm not sure how the Green Party, and I also love pointing the finger at them, can be blamed for this though, unless Kitcat and co. are in charge of the project. It's a bit like blaming a home owner for employing cowboy builders. You pay your money in good faith. The company c*cked it up... Brightonlad86
  • Score: 2

9:03pm Wed 3 Sep 14

her professional says...

Brightonlad86 wrote:
Shocking!! Absolutely shocking! As if temporary lights were not bad enough!

Perhaps those the gave up their time should be paid for their efforts and this money deducted from the company responsible for installing the lights.

I'm not sure how the Green Party, and I also love pointing the finger at them, can be blamed for this though, unless Kitcat and co. are in charge of the project. It's a bit like blaming a home owner for employing cowboy builders. You pay your money in good faith. The company c*cked it up...
Surely you realise by now that every Argus story is manipulated into an anti Green rant by the same band of trolls on here.
[quote][p][bold]Brightonlad86[/bold] wrote: Shocking!! Absolutely shocking! As if temporary lights were not bad enough! Perhaps those the gave up their time should be paid for their efforts and this money deducted from the company responsible for installing the lights. I'm not sure how the Green Party, and I also love pointing the finger at them, can be blamed for this though, unless Kitcat and co. are in charge of the project. It's a bit like blaming a home owner for employing cowboy builders. You pay your money in good faith. The company c*cked it up...[/p][/quote]Surely you realise by now that every Argus story is manipulated into an anti Green rant by the same band of trolls on here. her professional
  • Score: -32

9:16pm Wed 3 Sep 14

NickBrt says...

I blame the Greens.
I blame the Greens. NickBrt
  • Score: 21

10:21pm Wed 3 Sep 14

lewes road low life says...

Brightonlad86 wrote:
Shocking!! Absolutely shocking! As if temporary lights were not bad enough!

Perhaps those the gave up their time should be paid for their efforts and this money deducted from the company responsible for installing the lights.

I'm not sure how the Green Party, and I also love pointing the finger at them, can be blamed for this though, unless Kitcat and co. are in charge of the project. It's a bit like blaming a home owner for employing cowboy builders. You pay your money in good faith. The company c*cked it up...
Agreed, the greens cannot be held responsible for a malfunction on a temporary set of traffic lights but I am sure they would have been amongst the first to be notified when the problem occurred , why then over two hours later was it left to well meaning members of the public to keep the traffic moving ?
Oh hang on perhaps if someone had called them voicing their concern that a cyclists safety may be put at risk they would have acted sooner ! (smiley)
If I were BHCC I would feel a bit embarrassed at having a total lack of competency of this situation.
[quote][p][bold]Brightonlad86[/bold] wrote: Shocking!! Absolutely shocking! As if temporary lights were not bad enough! Perhaps those the gave up their time should be paid for their efforts and this money deducted from the company responsible for installing the lights. I'm not sure how the Green Party, and I also love pointing the finger at them, can be blamed for this though, unless Kitcat and co. are in charge of the project. It's a bit like blaming a home owner for employing cowboy builders. You pay your money in good faith. The company c*cked it up...[/p][/quote]Agreed, the greens cannot be held responsible for a malfunction on a temporary set of traffic lights but I am sure they would have been amongst the first to be notified when the problem occurred , why then over two hours later was it left to well meaning members of the public to keep the traffic moving ? Oh hang on perhaps if someone had called them voicing their concern that a cyclists safety may be put at risk they would have acted sooner ! (smiley) If I were BHCC I would feel a bit embarrassed at having a total lack of competency of this situation. lewes road low life
  • Score: 2

10:30pm Wed 3 Sep 14

lewes road low life says...

her professional wrote:
Brightonlad86 wrote:
Shocking!! Absolutely shocking! As if temporary lights were not bad enough!

Perhaps those the gave up their time should be paid for their efforts and this money deducted from the company responsible for installing the lights.

I'm not sure how the Green Party, and I also love pointing the finger at them, can be blamed for this though, unless Kitcat and co. are in charge of the project. It's a bit like blaming a home owner for employing cowboy builders. You pay your money in good faith. The company c*cked it up...
Surely you realise by now that every Argus story is manipulated into an anti Green rant by the same band of trolls on here.
Well i surely hope you don't mean I'm a troll or any other of the hard working tax payers of this town who feel completely mugged off by these useless idiots.
[quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brightonlad86[/bold] wrote: Shocking!! Absolutely shocking! As if temporary lights were not bad enough! Perhaps those the gave up their time should be paid for their efforts and this money deducted from the company responsible for installing the lights. I'm not sure how the Green Party, and I also love pointing the finger at them, can be blamed for this though, unless Kitcat and co. are in charge of the project. It's a bit like blaming a home owner for employing cowboy builders. You pay your money in good faith. The company c*cked it up...[/p][/quote]Surely you realise by now that every Argus story is manipulated into an anti Green rant by the same band of trolls on here.[/p][/quote]Well i surely hope you don't mean I'm a troll or any other of the hard working tax payers of this town who feel completely mugged off by these useless idiots. lewes road low life
  • Score: 9

10:45pm Wed 3 Sep 14

NathanAdler says...

I can only assume that because the Green Party hate ALL drivers they have done this on purpose.

All we need is a one-armed, single-parent,vegeta
rian, lesbian muslim to make a complaint and I can guarantee the lights would have been fixed in 12 minutes.
I can only assume that because the Green Party hate ALL drivers they have done this on purpose. All we need is a one-armed, single-parent,vegeta rian, lesbian muslim to make a complaint and I can guarantee the lights would have been fixed in 12 minutes. NathanAdler
  • Score: 13

8:27am Thu 4 Sep 14

Valentinian says...

No PCSO free then?
No PCSO free then? Valentinian
  • Score: 2

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