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Traffic lights out of sync dangerous for pedestrians

Reported via desktop in the Traffic lights category anonymously at 18:45, Saturday 17 February 2024

Sent to Stockport Borough Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5591761.

When approaching the junction of the A626 with the A627 going from the direction of Marple, there is a traffic light with a stop line on the A626 just before the left turn for the A627. The light was on green as I reached it and so I drove through the junction. A very short distance from this there is another traffic light, but no stop sign on the road. This other traffic light is not a secondary light because it is part of a pedestrian crossing and in the few short yards that it took me to reach it the light was on red. This meant that had there been a pedestrian waiting to cross then they would have been given the green light to do so as the light facing me, on the road was red. This is very dangerous for pedestrians, as since there is no stop line on the road, most drivers would treat this light as a secondary light and proceed through it on red, given there is not stop line on the road. There is also no room for a driver to stop at the red light without either blocking the pedestrian crossing or, blocking right turning traffic trying to get from the A627 onto the A626. The primary light, with the stop line on the A626, and this second light on the pedestrian crossing should be absolutely in sync, as otherwise it puts pedestrians at great risk of being hit by a driver who, seeing no stop sign on the road, would treat the traffic light just before the pedestrian crossing, as a secondary light due to no stop line on the road, and so ignore it. If a driver were to notice it was a pedestrian crossing, and so stop if the light was on red, then they would be a hazard for right turning traffic approaching the junction from the A627, as they would be blocking the junction.

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