Thursday, July 19, 2007

UPDATE: Carnaby

East Riding Council have called on Network Rail to review the light sequencing at Carnaby.

They are asking for the amber lights to be shown for longer in an attempt to reduce the number of drivers who are prosecuted for running the red light.

Both Network Rail and the British Transport Police claim that longer amber phases may actually encourage more abuse.

Yorkshire Post:

Comment: As with previous posts about Carnaby, I'm still none the wiser as to why this crossing attracts so many cases of red-light running. If you know the crossing and can explain a little about the layout/environment, I'd appreciate it.

One thing that puzzles me; one of the councillors said that he had timed the duration of the amber phase at between three and five seconds... and then said, "When I was driving through the light went orange and by the time I had got to the crossing it was red". Can the lights at the crossing not be seen from 36 metres away - the Highway Code typical stopping distance for a car travelling at 40mph?

Update: I've been told from a reliable source that the amber phase is the standard three seconds. I agree that a longer amber phase could be more dangerous - drivers knowing it's longer then being tempted to put their foot down. What about traffic calming measures to reduce vehicle approach speeds further?


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