'Chaos' in Bishop's Cleeve after traffic lights stop working
A POWER cut in Bishop’s Cleeve which switched off major traffic lights caused chaos for commuters this morning.
Drivers were terrified as they navigated the junction of Cheltenham Road and Hyde Lane/Southam Lane, next to Newlands and GE Aviation, after the traffic lights there stopped working at around 7.40am yesterday morning.
A spokesman for Gloucestershire police said it was “chaos” during the malfunction.
He added: “We received reports that the traffic lights at Hyde Lane were not working and causing chaos.”
The road is a main route for people driving into Cheltenham and out of the town.
With hundreds of people using the road every morning, drivers were left fearing for their safety as they used the crossroads.
Dan Taylor, a 19-year-old apprentice who works at GE, drives from Prestbury to his workplace everyday.
He said: “It was certainly a harrowing experience.
“The traffic lights weren’t working, and the free-for-all driving experience was scary.
“There were cars going in all directions, and I think nobody had a clue what was going on.
“It was almost surreal – it’s something you don’t see every day.
“I know from driving past that junction that it is always busy, and a bit hectic really.
“There were no crashes and I’m quite happy that a four-by-four didn’t ‘T-bone’ me.
“People were going every where and it was just a manic situation during the rush hour.”
When engineers from Gloucestershire Highways arrived at the scene at around 9am, they found the lights to be in working condition.
It was later found out that a power cut at around 7.30am had caused around 46 properties in the area, as well as the traffic lights, to lose electricity.
A circuit breaker had tripped and power was restored within an hour by engineers from Western Power Distribution (WPD).
As the Echo went to press they were investigating the cause of the power cut in the area, looking for anything which may have come into contact with the cables, .