Traffic chaos as lights fail again

Laura White
Laura White

Drivers who use the A382 Whiddon Down to Bovey Tracey road are getting pretty fed up with the so called ‘temporary’ lights at Great Tree, near the Sandy Park Inn.

The ‘temporary’ traffic lights have been in place since October last year and quite often break down, which they did again last Monday with the ensuing chaos and cars backed up.

One motorist David Christopher said: “I travel to Chagford every day and it is a lottery as to whether the lights are going to work; this morning I was held up for twenty minutes as two lorries tried to sort themselves out on the brow of the hill.”
According to Devon Country Council the drains cannot be repaired at the moment and are ‘waiting for a permanent solution’. The work needs to be done at the top of the hill which means that the traffic lights are at the bottom either side and drivers are blind as to what is coming should the traffic lights fail, which they seem to do regularly. Recently the batteries that power the traffic lights worth £500 were stolen.

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