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New traffic lights a Wootton Gap Junction 'an accident waiting to happen'

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A new set of traffic lights installed by Norfolk County Council has sparked concerns among driving instructors about safety.

The lights, which were installed by the council's Intelligent Transport Systems are situated on Grimston Road, South Wootton, otherwise known as the Wootton Gap junction.

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are responsible for creating transport guides and facilities that maximise safety and convenience for the driver.

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Low Road/Grimston Road South Wootton SUPPLIED (51182705)

For instance, electronic matrix signs that show how many parking spaces are left are devised by ITS.

However, the latest installation, a traffic-flow sign at Grimston road has been dubbed "an accident waiting to happen".

Mervyn Jones, a driving instructor from Lynn said: "Initially, with the green light traffic coming from the town the lights go red, the lights coming towards you are still green and you are sitting on a junction turning right you think it’s safe to go. It's an accident waiting to happen.

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Low Road/Grimston Road South Wootton SUPPLIED (51182666)

"I found it difficult to cross the roads there as you couldn't see the lights to be able to cross safely.

"This then changed and the lights appeared to be functioning as normal. The council have since put signs up but they are too small."

Kevin Steele, who is also a driving instructor has said: "The only way the Wootton lights saga will get sorted is if there is an accident there. I had to explain to one of my pupils to be extra vigilant, getting across almost resulted in my car getting clipped."

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Low Road/Grimston Road South Wootton SUPPLIED (51182708)

Driving instructors have started to avoid the area for lessons as it poses a danger to pupils and other drivers.

Chris Wigley, another instructor, has reported it to the police.

The driving professionals have taken to social media to warn others.

Vikki Garner said: "I was at that junction and saw a near miss. The driver was coming down the road and looked confused as to why another driver had continued in the opposite direction, if it wasn't for social media I wouldn't have known about the change."

A spokesperson for ITS, said they were in dialogue with driving instructors but were confident that the system was working well.

A spokesperson from Norfolk County Council said:“Work was recently completed to improve the junction of Wootton Road and Grimston Road, which has reduced congestion and create more space on the approach. We have received positive feedback from local residents but some concerns have been raised so we will be visiting the site later this week to see if any further adjustments are required.”

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