Seven sets of traffic lights earmarked for removal

Transport for London has earmarked seven sets of traffic lights in Croydon for removal to help ease congestion. We list the lights below.

The proposal comes after a review of the timings of a thousand sets of lights across the capital. In all, 145 sets across London could be removed after a consultation process.

TfL reckons the lights aren’t useful any more and taking them away would ease congestion.

However, around half the lights proposed for cuts overall are pedestrian crossings. In Croydon, two sets of the seven being reviewed are pedestrian crossings.

Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London’s transport adviser, told the BBC: “There are few things more annoying than sitting at a traffic light on red for no apparent reason and we’ve now identified 145 sites where we think the signals may no longer be doing a useful job.

“By getting rid of them, we hope we can smooth traffic flow across London and deliver real improvements for all road users.”

The Croydon lights selected for removal are:

Denning Avenue / Goodwin Road / Hillside Road

High Street By Woburn Avenue (pedestrian crossing)

Wellesley Road / Bus Lane / Car Park

Shirley Road / Addiscombe Road (part-time)

Dingwall Road / Bedford Place / Bedford Park

A23 Brighton Road / Southern Roundabout (part-time)

A23 Brighton Road North Of Marlpit Lane Roundabout (pedestrian crossing).

Would you welcome the removal of any of these sets of lights? Or would crossing these roads become more dangerous without a set of lights?

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