HASLAND: Controversial traffic lights set to be replaced

Hasland traffic lights are set to be replaced.
Hasland traffic lights are set to be replaced.

Hasland’s controversial traffic lights are set to be replaced with a mini-roundabout.

Derbyshire County Council is expected to approve the plans at a meeting next Tuesday in light of strong public opposition.

Campaigners claim the “confusing and dangerous” lights have caused several accidents since they were installed in December 2011.

The traffic lights replaced a mini-roundabout which was removed following a number of road accidents.

In June, hundreds of people attended a consultation event in the village to have a say on ways to improve safety at the accident blackspot.

A county council spokesman said: “As a result of the reported collisions and the strong feelings of the community, officers are proposing to undertake a redisgn of the junction of Hasland Road, Mansfield Road and The Green.

“It is proposed that a new scheme is designed as a matter of urgency and comprehensive consultation undertaken in the near future.

“The proposal will include the removal of the traffic signals and a mini-roundabout introduced.

“Officers are at an early stage in this process.”

The spokesman added: “It was evident from the consultation event and email responses that the community wished to see the old arrangement of a mini-roundabout reintroduced.

“However, the former layout gave some concern over the accident record. Therefore, any replacement scheme will need to consider this and introduce mitigating measures.”

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