Highnam Parish Councillors are very concerned about the continual problems with the traffic lights at the A40 / B4215 junction and have been raising these concerns with Highways England for a number of weeks. The local MP, Mark Harper, has also been copied on the correspondence.
The lights have now been out of operation again for the last 10 days, albeit with a brief interlude of several hours when they were functioning. The latest correspondence from Balfour Beattie claims that power spikes are causing equipment to blow in the control box.
The Council have requested that a permanent solution is found quickly for these ongoing failures but whilst the problem exists that warning signage is improved particularly when approaching the junction from the Newent direction on the B4215 and from the Highnam roundabout on the A40,
Additionally we have requested that temporary traffic lights be installed on the A40 and B4215 Gloucester inbound to provide safe access from the B4215 onto A40. The junction from the A40 to the B4215 could remain closed with traffic wishing to access the B4215 continuing to travel past the junction, Gloucester outbound, to the Highnam roundabout and then returning down the A40 to access B4215 towards Newent.
We understand from Highways England that to provide a long term solution to the problem some of the cabling for the traffic lights may need to be replaced which would mean that the road would need to be dug up. Currently we don’t know when this work will start or how long it will take, but Highways England are scheduled to be interviewed tomorrow on the Mark Cummings breakfast programme on Radio Gloucestershire.
Highways England confirmed on the 22nd February that they will be replacing most of the computer control system and the majority of the underground cabling for the traffic lights as they believe this will provide the long term solution to the problem. As parts need to be ordered and then installed the lights will not be operational until after the Easter holidays. In the meantime the Parish Council will continue to press Highways England to improve the warning signage and investigate ways to make access from the B4215 onto the A40 safer.
We will update this news post when we receive further information.