East Yorks MP’s traffic lights plan

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Published: Friday 5th December 2014 by The News Editor

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The Government is considering an idea from East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight to turn traffic lights off at certain times of the day to reduce congestion.

Transport minister John Hayes told Parliament he would look at the proposal that would bring the UK in line with several other nations. He also reminded Sir Greg that the Government would be spending £15 billion on improving the roads in Yorkshire and the North East of England.

Sir Greg, a former shadow minister for transport, believes that in many cases there is no reason for drivers to be stuck in jams. He called on Mr Hayes to be “radical” and put an end to unnecessary congestion.

Thousands of drivers using the country’s roads at off-peak times find themselves held up in jams for no reason, Sir Greg told MPs before asking Mr Hayes why Britain couldn’t turn some of the lights off like they do in other countries.

Simon Williams, a spokesman for the RAC, says part-time traffic lights are already in operation in the UK and they do reduce congestion, which costs the economy billions of pounds. He says anything that alleviates traffic jams is likely to be welcomed by drivers.

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Published: Friday 5th December 2014 by The News Editor

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