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Traffic lights at busy Newbury junction partially repaired after six days

Faulty flashing pedestrian crossing signals on walk-to-school route

Jane Meredith

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TRAFFIC lights at a busy Newbury road junction remain partially repaired this morning (Wed) , six days after they failed last week, due to “challenging” repair work.

This morning (Wed), one set of lights, left of the Pound Street junction approach to Bartholomew Street, were still not working, after the lights failed last Thursday (May 12).

The flashing red/green man signals on the pedestrian crossing at the Bartholomew Street approach to the junction are also not working, although the lights will turn to red, to stop the traffic and allow pedestrians to cross, according to the council.

The pedestrian crossing is on a busy walk-to-school route, near St Barthlomew’s school and also within walking distance of St Nicolas Junior School. 

The council has urged pedestrians to take extreme care if using the crossing, while pointing out alternative pedestrian crossings are available nearby.

“Although the crossing is working again we’ll be returning to the junction in the next few days to dig up the pavement and replace the damaged cables,” said council spokesman, Martin Dunscombe.

“Most traffic signals are fixed within a few hours but this fault is a particularly challenging one and has been caused by a cable which keeps shorting,” he said. 

Work, classed as an urgent, priority repair , was initially carried out last Friday morning (May 13), but the lights failed again on Friday afternoon (May 13), due to a different fault, according to the council.

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