by Joel Beaumont
Newly erected traffic lights opposite Tinshill playing fields have had to be altered amid safety concerns.
The traffic lights at the junction of Tinshill Lane and Otley Old Road had louvered amber and green lights at the second stop line. However, complaints by motorists and cyclists to the council, that the lights were difficult to see, has resulted in them being altered and made more visible.
The louvered traffic lights were adjusted last week in order to improve visibility yet still maintain their purpose.
The reason for the traffic lights being louvered at the second stop line is to prevent those approaching from north of the fire station seeing green at the first stop line.
When a call is activated at the fire station the lights north of the station go red whilst the ones at Tinshill Lane remain green. Without louvres, the green signals can be seen prior to the station at the brow of the hill. This then presents a risk that drivers would see these and think they were intended for them leading them to drive in front of the emerging fire engine.
The problem has been addressed and the area is now safe in all aspects.
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