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Traffic lights to change ‘in favour of buses’ in a move that’s sure to infuriate motorists

Buses that are running late are set to get priority at traffic lights.

The new system, which is being installed in Swansea, will see buses that are behind schedule being shown green when they approach traffic lights.

When a bus is late the system will be able to instantly change the sequence at lights, giving it priority over other vehicles.

The idea is to help speed up journey times and end delays for customers.

Speaking to the BBC, Justin Davies managing director of First Cymru, said: “We have the ability to know exactly where our vehicles are minute by minute as the day progresses,

“As we collect that data, that’s going to be transmitted into the local authority in Swansea.

“If a bus is running a little bit late, the traffic lights will change to favour the bus to enable its journey to be slightly speeded up and catch up the time.

“Where the bus is running normally the traffic light sequence will be absolutely as it is.”

And Swansea may not be the only area where this new technology could be put in place with London, Newcastle and Cambridge although thought to be in discussions about the traffic light system.

This latest news comes as drivers have been warned that they can face a fine of £100 while stopped at a red light.

While it is common knowledge that running a red light could see a motorist land a fine, many drivers will be surprised to learn that you can also be penalised while waiting at a light.

This is due to Advanced stop lines (ASL).

ASL boxes are commonplace in cities and some towns and are designed for cyclists to have a safe place amongst traffic to stop at the lights.

These boxes give cyclists a spot ahead of cars so they can safely start moving again when the lights hit green.

Drivers can face a fine of £100 and handed three penalty points if they are caught in them.

This applies to scooters and motorbikes too restricting the box.

If the car is stationary and you slowly move into the box while the lights are red, police officers can issue you with a fine.

One caveat is that you’re okay to stay in the box if the lights did change and slamming on the brakes to avoid it would be dangerous.

In the Highway Code it states: “Some signal-controlled junctions have advanced stop lines to allow cycles to be positioned ahead of other traffic.

“Motorists, including motorcyclists, MUST stop at the first white line reached if the lights are amber or red and should avoid blocking the way or encroaching on the marked area at other times, e.g. if the junction ahead is blocked.


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