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Hi-tech traffic lights failing.

Traffic lights supposed to be at the cutting edge of new technology have not been doing their job.

Pedestrians have been left stranded on the wrong side of a busy dual carriageway by the repeated failure of the lights on London Road, Whitley, Coventry, near the Safeway supermarket.

They have been out of action several times in the past three days. The latest fault, which happened yesterday morning, is now fixed.

Contractors Urban Traffic Control who maintain the lights on behalf of Coventry City Council have pledged to find the underlying cause of the faults.

The lights, installed last year, were the city's first Puffin - Pedestrian User Friendly Intelligent - crossing. They have ground sensors to ensure they don't change until everyone has crossed safely and don't hold the traffic up if nobody is waiting to cross.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 5, 1999
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