Intelligent traffic lights keep cars moving in Cheltenham
HIGH-TECH traffic sensors are being introduced into a congestion trouble zone at Arle Court to help ease delays and improve safety for drivers.
Work by the county council's highways department is getting under way in an effort to reduce traffic around one of the busiest junctions in Gloucestershire.
The 'intelligent' traffic lights are being installed on the A40 Arle Court roundabout and will bring relief to an area known for long delays at peak times.
Computers will monitor the lengths of queuing traffic and adjust the timings of signals to keep motorists on the move.
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Gloucestershire Highways stepped in to improve traffic flow in the area after the stretch of the A40 became a long-standing 'pinch-point' for waiting drivers.
The scheme, which will be completed outside of rush hour to minimise disruption in the area, will also include a section of resurfacing work.
Councillor Will Windsor-Clive, county council cabinet member for communities, said efforts were being made to keep traffic flowing during the work.
He said: "This is the final phase of planned upgrades to the roundabout, which is one of the busiest in Cheltenham.
"We have made sure that any disruption will be kept to a minimum and residents should see a noticeable improvement once the works are complete."
The work is being funded thanks to completion of the Hatherley Lane Asda development.
Computers will monitor the lengths of the queues on all the roads approaching the roundabout. Timings of the signals can be adjusted on the spot to help maximise vehicle movement.
Work is under way and expected to be completed in six weeks, with a finishing date of November 9.
The project is the final phase of a number of planned long-term upgrades at the roundabout. The road was resurfaced earlier this year.
Most of the works will take place on the central island and verges surrounding the junction.
Some lanes will be closed-off during the work, outside of peak times.
Gloucestershire County Council faced criticism in 2010 when installation of new traffic lights leading up to the Arle Court roundabout led to long tailbacks and seven weeks of misery for drivers, despite work taking place during off peak times.