Traffic lights at Dawlish Warren are set for a £6k boost to help reduce delays and improve access to the resort.
In recent years the volume of traffic entering the Warren at busy times via the tunnel has caused congestion, and the existing traffic signals require upgrades to help resolve this. Using data collected by traffic surveys in the busier summer months, new software will be installed to cater for traffic in both directions and control the sequencing of the lights. Upgrading will be carried out on Thursday, September 16, and is expected to make an instant improvement.
Movement Detection Units will still function from on top of the lights to detect vehicles, but new software will improve performance and manage the movement of traffic on the single lane road under the railway bridge.
In November work will be undertaken to physically bury ‘road induction loops’ at the stopping point for each set of lights, providing an even more reliable way for the system to recognise stopped cars and override the default timings of the lights, preventing cars being held up for lengthy periods.
The upgrades will effectively enable the lights to act ‘on demand’, rather than being limited to preset timings, a move which is expected to keep traffic flowing more freely and prevent a back-logs of traffic at red lights.
Some disruption is expected during the installation of the road induction loops in November, as the installation requires small parts of the road by the lights to be dug up. It is hoped that by doing the work during the quieter winter month, disruption will be kept to a minimum. Temporary lights will be in operation while the work is done, and it is not expected to take longer than three days.
(from a press release)