Faulty traffic lights cause 3 days of chaos for Doncaster drivers

Traffic jam at lights at the end of Market Road
Traffic jam at lights at the end of Market Road
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Angry Doncaster motorists have been left furious after faulty traffic lights caused traffic chaos over three days.

An electronic error at the lights where Market Road joins Church Way in the town centre left motorists stranded in gridlocked queues after the problems developed on Wednesday afternoon, with the issue still continuing yesterday.

At rush hour, motorists described the knock-on effect as stretching back as far as Sprotbrough Road.

Engineers believe the problem is now sorted out after experts arrived yesterday afternoon to repair the malfunction which it is understood required a cable to be changed.

Yesterday morning they were making adjustments to the control box in a bid to alleviate the malfunction which meant the traffic lights letting cars onto Church Way were turning red too quickly.

One angry motorist told The Star it took her 20 minutes to travel from the former Cheddar Cheese pub site on Church Way into the town centre.

Another, Angela Knott, of Edenthorpe, said she had been to town twice and been court in jams twice.

She said she thought people were angry about the gridlock and it took her 25 minutes to get into town from her home in Edenthorpe.

She said: “There is nothing worse than taking 25 minutes when it should only take five.”

Mick Maye, president of the Doncaster Market Traders Federation, said: “It has been gridlocked along Wheatley Hall Road, Thorne Road, East Laith Gate - its been like a car park. It has been chaos.

“A policeman directing traffic would have been better.I just hope that this never happens again.

“It seemed to start around the time they brought in new signals in the Holmes Market area.”

Phillip Page, of Sprotbrough, said the knock-on effect of the problem had gone out as far as Sprotbrough Road and York Road.

He said: “It was backing up pretty much as far as the A1,” he said. “It makes you angry and it’s important they sort it out.”

Phil Moran, senior engineer at the council, said there had been a signalling issue which involved all the council’s partners and the authority had been waiting for external agents to sort out the problem.

He added temporary configuration of signals at the junction was initially put in place to try to get the traffic flow to return to normal.

He said until the signalling issue was resolved the council had been trying its best and working hard to chase up the service provider which it needed to complete the repairs, but admitted there had been disruption to traffic.

He said temporary alterations had been expected to put flows back to normal levels even before the repairs were completed.