New ‘intelligent’ traffic signalling system in Portsmouth

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A TRAFFIC manager is delighted with a new signalling system at one of the busiest junctions in Portsmouth.

About £130,000 was spent on upgrading the 25-year-old controlling system at the Kingston Crescent-London Road junction in Buckland.

The Kingston Crescent-London Road junction in Buckland

The Kingston Crescent-London Road junction in Buckland

City council traffic and network manager Simon Brownlie said the new system was the first of its kind in the city. He said: ‘It was finished about a month ago and it’s operating extremely well.’

Mr Brownlie said the controller was more ‘intelligent’ than older systems and could prioritise road traffic or pedestrians based on how busy the junction was to keep traffic moving.

He said a southbound bus stop on Kingston Road has also been moved to prevent queues which were previously caused when buses used it.

The upgrade took about six weeks and was timed to fit in with the school holidays.

Mr Brownlie said: ‘Having staff on-site to manually operate traffic lights at peak times meant they could react to any queues building up.’