Temporary traffic lights for building works between High Cross and Charles Babbage Road.
I have received the following from our building facilities manager as these lights affect access to our building, and two others.
"1. With effect from Monday 22 July there will be 3-way traffic lights positioned between the existing Charles Babbage Road and new CBR. This will last for 1 week. The lights will be installed on Friday ready for operation on Monday. These lights will have an operator to monitor traffic flow during peak periods (8.30am – 9.30am and 4.30pm to 5.30pm). Outside of these times the lights will operate on sensor detection for queued vehicles to avoid unnecessary queuing, and will automatically sequence between the roads when no traffic is present. Unfortunately the lights will not detect and activate for cyclists and cyclists will need to wait for the lights to operate on the normal sequenced rotation.
2. Following the initial works and as work progresses along CBR, the traffic management will become 2 way light operation along the High Cross Access Road the CBR and this is expected to commence from Monday 29 July for a further 2 weeks.
3. During the above the New CBR and Access Road to Schlumberger are being prepared and tarmacked – kerbs are being installed etc. Surfacing is to be complete by 12 August ready to opened for use by all to access via the New CBR after 12th August.
4. Also after 12 August works will commence on finalising the junction at AVEVA/New Data Centre access and this will have 3 way traffic management and is expected to take 3 weeks.
5. Finally the access road into site via High Cross will close from week commence 19 August and this will be for approximately 7 weeks. This closure will be fully diversion signed from Madingley Road and around the site with diversion management (sighs) taking us via JJ Thompson Road and round to AVEVA from there. However there will be a trial closure of the High Cross Road entrance on the Thursday/Friday 15th & 16th August prior to the work starting on 19th, just to ensure all the signage is correct and easily followed. "
I am interpreting this as at least 6 weeks of temporary traffic lights which will not detect people on bikes.
I suspect cycle detection was only mentioned because I had specifically asked this question when the issue of temporary traffic lights first came up.
I have sent a message back to our facilities manager saying that I don't think this is acceptable as:
1) Cycle usage is nearly as high has car usage here in summer
2) I also see people using this as a through-route for Coton
3) We are on a side road off a through-route for buses, so I suspect the lights on their normal sequence will not be at all favourable for a person on a bike trying to get out, as the normal sequence will not want to disrupt bus flow too much.
4) I fear that the complete lack of provision will lead to some people breaking the rules, which could be dangerous.
However, she is merely relaying these details to us and is not responsible for it. She can contact the site project managers about any issues, which I hope she will do.
Any other ideas?