Traffic light glitches causing chaos on A30

The junction of the A30 and Waterers Way in Bagshot

Highways chiefs have been told to fix problems with two sets of traffic lights next to the Bagshot Waitrose development to ease the misery of motorists.

Councillor Bill Chapman, Surrey County Council (SCC) representative for Old Dean, St Paul's and Camberley Town, told the council’s highways team rush-hour traffic jams caused by erratic lights on the A30 at the junctions of Caesars Camp Road in Camberley and Waterers Way were ‘unacceptable’.

Mr Chapman said he had pressed for the faults to be fixed as a priority but admitted budget and staff cuts meant there was no guarantee when the work would happen, adding that he recognised this was a ‘feeble answer to give’.

“I’ve raised this issue to the highest level I can at SCC,” he said. “Our engineers have said they will fix it, but staff shortages mean they are under more pressure so we have to take our turn.

"This is a direct result of the council having to save money due to a huge budget deficit.”

In a newsletter to residents, Mr Chapman said that ‘technical problems’ at the junction with Caesars Camp Road – the entrance to the Old Dean estate – meant the lights sometimes stopped traffic on the A30 when there were no vehicles waiting to turn out of Caesars Camp Road.

This results in long tailbacks into Camberley in the morning rush hour.

He said there was a similar problem at the Waterers Way junction, where the lights stopped traffic on the A30 despite no cars waiting to cross its path.

Mr Chapman said he had received a dozen complaints about Caesars Camp Road junction from residents and staff at Collingwood College about delays during school pick-up times.

“I’ve experienced the problems myself on a regular basis while heading to Kingston for council meetings,” he said. “I’ve seen traffic in Bagshot back up from Waterers Way past the BP garage. It’s unnecessary and it’s unacceptable.”

Motorist Simon Bathurst Brown from Camberley, said it took him 75 minutes to get from Windlesham to Camberley on the A30 on Wednesday (June 3). He blamed the traffic lights at Waterers Way, saying the road was ‘completely clear’ beyond the junction.

He said he had tried to skirt around the A30 through Windlesham, only to find the village was a ‘rat-run choked with traffic’.

“This appalling traffic situation has been going on for weeks and it is repeated every afternoon,” he said.

“It is utterly disgraceful this situation is being allowed to drag on for so long. A major flaw like this would be dealt with straight away in the commercial world, but the council’s engineers seem quite happy to let the problem fester on.”

A spokesman for SCC said: “We are aware of these problems and we have been looking at ways in which they can be rectified to ensure the minimum amount of disruption to motorists.”

He said the highways team were planning to replace the traffic light controller at Caesars Camp Road.

No date has been set for the work.

In Bagshot, engineers plan to re-sequence the lights to ‘ensure more vehicles can pass through in one swoop’.

Source: GetSurrey

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