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Motorists vote for a stop on lights

STOP AND GO: Digital mock-up of traffic lights at the corner of Clarence and Pound Sts in Grafton.
STOP AND GO: Digital mock-up of traffic lights at the corner of Clarence and Pound Sts in Grafton.

GRAFTON'S road users won't give a green light to traffic lights in the city, even though they have been included in the concept design for the second Grafton Bridge.

On The Daily Examiner webpage poll asking if Grafton needed traffic lights, voters in the negative streaked to an early lead. But support for the proposal gathered over time.

The likelihood of traffic lights coming to the Jacaranda City for the first time in its 155-year history came with the planning for the second Grafton Bridge.

Last year the RMS concept design for the new bridge placed traffic lights on the corner of Pound and Clarence Sts to direct traffic coming into Grafton from the bridge.

In addition two sets of lights were mooted for South Grafton at pedestrian crossings in Iolanthe St and the Gwydir Highway.

In the RMS Community Feedback Summary of March 2014 traffic lights were not a popular option.

There was concern traffic lights and roundabouts would cause congestion and defeat the purpose of building a new bridge.

DEX Facebook commenter Emma Shephard is not a fan.

"We have no real traffic problem, I think a lot of people will get annoyed waiting for traffic lights when there's no one around. The peak traffic only takes 20 min and you know there will be traffic so plan ahead! New bridge is definitely needed," she wrote.

Several readers said improving visibility at intersections would make lights unnecessary.

Charmaine Davies said removing vegetation from intersections and roundabouts so drivers have a clear view is a great idea too, there's plenty of places around town and in the valley that need it.

"Trimming vegetation from the side if the road would be another idea, so that trucks don't hit limbs or have to move into the other lane to avoid them - Armidale Rd for instance

Supporters of the bridge are a vocal minority.

Christopher Blanchard believes poor driving behaviour in the city makes traffic lights a must.

"I don't know why anyone would be against traffic lights because 90% of the population can't use roundabouts properly, so lights can only be an improvement," he wrote.

Others are more concerned Grafton is behind the times.

Abbi-lei Dalton said it's time to move forward.

"We are heading in the right direction," she wrote. "The more we fight against change and new things for the fear of losing the small town atmosphere the less we will be offered and the less appealing our town will become. What myself and my family love is the small town sense of community not how we stop our cars at intersections."

Topics:  grafton, grafton bridge, second grafton bridge, traffic lights



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